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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This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland.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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Our views: anybody listening? Researching the views and needs of young people in County Kildare.

Full title: 
Our views: anybody listening? Researching the views and needs of young people in County Kildare.
Author: 
Lalor, K., & Baird, K.
Year: 
2006
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Lalor, K., & Baird, K. (2006). Our views: anybody listening? Researching the views and needs of young people in County Kildare. Dublin Institute of Technology: Centre for Social and Education Research.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To give young people a voice in the provision of services; to explore and identify what young people have to say about community facilities, leisure activities, worries, concerns and sources of support.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires.
Participants: 
The sample was drawn from first, third and sixth year students in 25 of the 29 secondary schools in County Kildare and participants at the three Youthreach centres in the county. A total of 988 adolescents: 966 school children and 22 Youthreach participants were involved.
Conclusion: 
An overview of the activities was provided, as well as views and needs reported by the young people. The researchers acknowledged that policies and legislation are in place for many of the recommendations, but the resource commitment to meet the needs of young people in County Kildare are lacking. This report identifies that additional resources should be provided for: schools (through the Department of Education and Science), family support and counselling (through the Health Services Executive), youthwork services (as envisioned in the National Youthwork Development Plan) to address the needs of youth.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
needs assessment, services, youths, Kildare
Length: 
91 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.

Pathways to effective support for early school leavers; the integrated proactive tracking and mentoring initiative.

Full title: 
Pathways to effective support for early school leavers; the integrated proactive tracking and mentoring initiative.
Author: 
Battell, A.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Youth Work Programme
Citation: 
Battell, A. (2004). Pathways to effective support for early school leavers; the integrated proactive tracking and mentoring initiative. Dublin: Irish Youth Work Press.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To review the work and practice of Kildare, Kerry and Waterford Pathways sites and their impact on early school leavers.
Methodology: 
Not detailed
Participants: 
Not detailed
Conclusion: 
The Pathways programme delivers an effective and meaningful suite of services to early school leavers. Part of its success is its ability to remain young person focused and build links with relevant agencies and stakeholders. This report concludes that Pathways is held in high regard by both voluntary organisations and is a highly successful response to early school leaving.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, early school leavers, programme
Length: 
24 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Review of a community-based youth counselling service in Ireland.

Full title: 
Review of a community-based youth counselling service in Ireland.
Author: 
Lalor, K., O’Dwyer, S., & Mc Crann, D.
Year: 
2006
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Lalor, K., O’Dwyer, S., & Mc Crann, D. (2006) Review of a community-based youth counselling service in Ireland. Children and Youth Services Review, 28, 325-345.
Publication Type: 
Peer-reviewed journal
Aim: 
To explore the structure and operation of a community-based youth counselling service operated by the Kildare Youth Services (KYS), Ireland, to highlight the preventative nature of such a service.
Methodology: 
Interviews.
Participants: 
The participants included 4 social workers, 4 Principals or guidance counsellors, 2 general practitioners and 1 probation officer and a small sample (n=5) of clients of the service – 2 adolescents and 3 mothers of children using the service.
Conclusion: 
The service was viewed positively throughout the community and its role in the prevention of further distress was highlighted. The Kildare Youth Counselling Service is “community-based” in the sense that it is embedded in an existing youth service, which was identified as a distinct advantage.
Keywords: 
community-based, youth counselling, Kildare, youth services, Ireland
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
36 pages

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