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Irish Youth Health Promotion Bibliography

This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland. We are very grateful to the Health Promotion research centre based in NUI Galway for their support in collating this bibliography of research studies.

This bibliography will act as a foundation for an in-depth evaluation of Irish research on youth health promotion. It will assist in identifying gaps in policy and practice, planning future projects and reduce duplication of research.

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Choosers or losers? Influences on young people’s choices about drugs in inner city Dublin.

Full title: 
Choosers or losers? Influences on young people’s choices about drugs in inner city Dublin.
Author: 
Mayock, P.
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Mayock, P. (2000). Choosers or losers? Influences on young people’s choices about drugs in inner city Dublin. Dublin: Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore the use and non-use of drugs by young people, aged 15-19 years, in a Dublin inner-city community considered to be ‘high risk’ for problem drug use.
Methodology: 
Individual in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
Participants: 
Fifty-seven young people were interviewed individually and twenty-four took part in focus group discussions. Respondents were ‘categorised’ as abstainers, drugtakers and problem drugtakers.
Conclusion: 
The study highlights the importance of considering young people’s perspectives when planning and implementing drug prevention strategies. It is vital, in the future, that intervention efforts aimed at minimising the risk of drug involvement reflect the reality of young people’s experiences.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, drugs, Dublin
Length: 
145 pages

Report on consultations with teenagers on issues to be considered by the Minister for Children when examining the age of consent for sexual activity.

Full title: 
Report on consultations with teenagers on issues to be considered by the Minister for Children when examining the age of consent for sexual activity.
Author: 
Office of the Minister for Children
Year: 
2006
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Office of the Minister for Children (2006). Report on consultations with teenagers on issues to be considered by the Minister for Children when examining the age of consent for sexual activity. Dublin: The Stationary Office.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To seek the views of teenagers on the age of consent and other matters related to teenage sexual activity.
Methodology: 
Using a participative research methodology called ‘Open Space’, the participants identified the key issues they wanted to discuss in workshops and to put forward to the Minister for Children. Each individual participant identified as many issues as they desired and posted their contribution on an open wall. These issues were then clustered together thematically to form the ‘workshop agenda’. Between 6 and 8 thematic workshops took place at each location, depending on the number of issues identified.
Participants: 
Two hundred and ten young people aged between 15 and 18 years were consulted in five locations around the country.
Conclusion: 
There were four issues in particular that young people deemed important: sex education, information and resources on sex, equality and the law, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and services. Other issues that were considered extremely important by the participants when examining the age of consent included: the role of parents, maturity, teenage pregnancy, contraception, confidentiality, peer pressure, the role of alcohol and drugs on decision-making and child protection. These are all important for youth workers to be aware of to promote the health of young people in Ireland.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, consultations, age of consent, Ireland
Length: 
56 pages

Drug use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults in Ireland.

Full title: 
Drug use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults in Ireland.
Author: 
Sarma K,
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Sarma, K. (2007). Drug use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults in Ireland. Dublin: BeLonG To youth services.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine the extent, causes and impact of drug use and the type of service response that is appropriate to meet the needs of drug users or those who may use drugs in the future among LGBT young people.
Methodology: 
A three phase research methodology was employed. In phase 1, interviews were held with young LGBT drug users to record their personal experiences of drug use. Interviews were also conducted with the staff at BeLonG To and other stakeholders to get a service-provider perspective. Themes that emerged from these interviews were then explored further in a focus group setting (in five focus group sessions; phase 2). Themes from phase 1 and 2, together with themes identified from international literature, were then incorporated into an on-line questionnaire.
Participants: 
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people aged 18 – 26 years.
Conclusion: 
This research suggests that drug use among LGBT young people was considerable and impacted in very real and often very negative ways, and is growing more serious in extent and nature. The report concludes that minimising drug taking amongst LGBT youth, providing specific drug-related services sensitive to their needs, and doing so in a way that does not demonise an already marginalised and vulnerable section of the community, presents a major challenge for both Government and non-Governmental organisations.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
drug use, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, youths,
Length: 
54 pages

Youth social and educational needs in Kildare town: Kildare youth services, action South Kildare.

Full title: 
Youth social and educational needs in Kildare town: Kildare youth services, action South Kildare.
Author: 
Stapleton, M.
Year: 
2000
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Stapleton, M. (2000). Youth social and educational needs in Kildare Town. Kildare: Kildare Youth Services & Action South Kildare.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine young people’s social and educational needs in Kildare town.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and interviews.
Participants: 
Young people, club leaders, community members, professionals working in the area and school principals.
Conclusion: 
This study highlights the many and varied needs of young people in Kildare town, including the need for a youth group and information and services relating to drugs, underage drinking, racism, sex and relationships and bullying. The report concludes with 13 recommendations many of which can be provided through youth work including: the provision of a youth programme and facilities, youth counseling and a family support project.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, needs assessment, Kildare town
Length: 
52 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from Kildare Youth Services.

Solvent use among young Irish adolescents – a growing concern for youth workers, teachers and parents?

Full title: 
Solvent use among young Irish adolescents – a growing concern for youth workers, teachers and parents?
Author: 
Van Hout, M., & Connor, S.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Van Hout, M., & Connor, S. (2008). Solvent use among young Irish adolescents – a growing concern for youth workers, teachers and parents? Drugs and Alcohol Today, 8(1), 27-37.
Publication Type: 
Peer reviewed journal article
Aim: 
To identify current volatile solvent use practices, health beliefs and perceived effects of volatile solvent use, social dynamics of volatile solvent use, significance of reputation, and barriers to volatile solvent use interventions in a sample of Irish adolescents.
Methodology: 
Individual semi-structured interviews.
Participants: 
Twenty adolescents who reported inhaling volatile solvents aged between 12-18 years participated. These adolescents were a mixture of school going, early school leavers and young people attending youth training.
Conclusion: 
Teachers, probation and juvenile liaison officers, health promotion and drug education workers, youth workers, social workers, and parents should ‘familiarise themselves with the real world experiences of adolescent volatile solvent users’, in order to develop appropriate and timely drug education interventions.
Keywords: 
inhalants, adolescents, service provision, Ireland
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
9 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Database: EBSCO

Kildare youth services annual report 2008.

Full title: 
Kildare youth services annual report 2008.
Author: 
Youth Work Ireland
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Youth Work Ireland, (2008). Kildare youth services annual report 2008. Kildare: Kildare Youth Service & Youth Work Ireland.
Publication Type: 
Annual report
Aim: 
To explore how Kildare youth services meet the 5 strategic objectives and to provide examples of quality work with children, young people, families and communities in County Kildare.
Methodology: 
A review of Kildare Youth services work with children who employ various tools in providing educational and leadership opportunities, e.g. creative arts, sports, music, drama, outdoor pursuits and foreign exchanges.
Participants: 
Youth in County Kildare through various projects
Conclusion: 
Many health outcomes for youth who partake in Kildare youth services were identified. Through specific youth work programmes, 555 young people increased their awareness and knowledge of their own personal development, general health, sexual health, drugs and alcohol issues; over 1,100 learned to advocate through participation in youth clubs and projects; and young people in Naas were trained in peer leadership around drug awareness.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, Kildare, youth work, outcomes
Length: 
15 pages