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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This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland.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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Addressing the needs of young people. A broader view of sexual health.

Full title: 
Addressing the needs of young people. A broader view of sexual health.
Author: 
Forde, C.
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Forde, C. (2010). Addressing the needs of young people. A broader view of sexual health. Youth Studies Ireland, 5(1), 18-31.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To gain understanding of how young people in Sligo and Leitrim can be reached to make sexual health issues easier for them to negotiate.
Methodology: 
Six focus groups and 4 in-depth interviews.
Participants: 
There were 40 participants in total; 21 were professionals who work with young people aged between 14 and 21 years and 19 were young people themselves.
Conclusion: 
By creating links between youth, community organisations and health services, knowledge was shared and a means of enhancing this knowledge was identified. The findings show a need to broaden both the concept of sexual health and the collaborative partnerships that have been recognised as essential to successful health promotion. This broader view may promote the personal development aspect of sexual health and also address the issue of sexual violence. While reflecting a local context, these findings have broader relevance at a national and international level. In light of these findings, a number of recommendations were made.
Keywords: 
young people, sexual health, sexual violence
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
14 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Promoting positive adolescent sexual health and preventing teenage pregnancy: a review of recent effectiveness research.

Full title: 
Promoting positive adolescent sexual health and preventing teenage pregnancy: a review of recent effectiveness research.
Author: 
Fullerton, D.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Fullerton, D. (2004). Promoting positive adolescent sexual health and preventing teenage pregnancy: a review of recent effectiveness research. Dublin: Crisis Pregnancy Agency.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To examine the current evidence of effective programmes aimed at promoting sexual health among young people (aged 18 years or under)and at preventing teenage pregnancy.
Methodology: 
A literature review that identified the evidence of effectiveness in the following areas: teenage pregnancy, prevention, sexual health promotion among young people, and additional studies published since the most recent systematic review. The literature review was not specific to Irish research and included data from the UK, USA and Europe.
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The author identifies programmes that focused on sexuality issues and contraception which have had positive outcomes in delaying sexual intercourse and improving use of birth control. In addition the programmes which focus on antecedents can impact sexual health outcomes, such as poor educational attainment, and have also resulted in some positive outcomes on teenage sexual behaviour and teenage pregnancy. However the author states that programmes which combine sexuality education and youth development provide very positive outcomes relating to reduction of teenage pregnancy. This information may be useful for the development of Irish youth work programmes.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, sexual health, literature review
Length: 
76 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available online at: download

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

The real deal: a feasibility study of peer-led sex education for early school leavers.

Full title: 
The real deal: a feasibility study of peer-led sex education for early school leavers.
Author: 
Paul, G., Bell, C., Fitzpatrick, A., & Smith, M.
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Paul, G., Bell, C., Fitzpatrick, A., & Smith, M. (2010). The real deal: a feasibility study of peer-led sex education for early school leavers. European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 15(5), 343-356.
Publication Type: 
Peer reviewed journal article
Aim: 
To explore female early school leaver’s experience of sexual activity and sex education; and to assess the feasibility and potential impact of a peer-led sex education intervention.
Methodology: 
Both quantitative (self-completed questionnaire) and qualitative (focus groups) research methods were used to evaluate the intervention.
Participants: 
Forty five young female early school leavers aged between 15 and 21 years of age (attending the four Community Educational Training Centres) and ten peer educators.
Conclusion: 
The report concludes that this intervention was very well received by both peer educators and participants. To assess the effectiveness of the intervention a larger randomised control trial should be conducted.
Keywords: 
sex education, early school leavers, peer education
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
13 pages

Sense and sexuality: a support pack for addressing the issue of sexual health with young people in youth work settings.

Full title: 
Sense and sexuality: a support pack for addressing the issue of sexual health with young people in youth work settings.
Author: 
Mc Grory, S. & Monaghan, L.
Year: 
2004
Category: 
Models and tools
Citation: 
Mc Grory, S., & Monaghan, L. (2004). Sense and sexuality: a support pack for addressing the issue of sexual health with young people in youth work settings. National Youth Council of Ireland.
Publication Type: 
Support pack
Aim: 
To address the issues of sexual health with young people in youth work settings.
Methodology: 
The structure and content of the pack was developed by consultation with key informants from both the youth work sector and the Health Services Sector. A number of one-to-one meetings and interviews were held with key informants and 2 national ‘Think Tank’ events were held in order to present and agree the format and framework for the Pack. The training element of the initiative was piloted in two locations with workers representing a broad range of youth organisations.
Participants: 
Key informants representing the youth work sector and the Health Services Sector (not specified).
Conclusion: 
This support pack aims to provide youth organisations with a comprehensive framework to address the issue of sexual health among young people. It was designed to be used by youth organisations in developing their sexual health practice and policy and for use alongside the accompanying training programme which can be accessed through the National Youth Health Programme.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth, youth work, sexual health, support pack
Length: 
93 pages

Teenage Health Initiative: report and evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Health Board area 1997-1998.

Full title: 
Teenage Health Initiative: report and evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Health Board area 1997-1998.
Author: 
Acton, M, & Hynes, M.
Year: 
1998
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Acton, M., & Hynes, M. (1998). Teenage Health Initiative: report and evaluation of a pilot project aimed at reducing teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Health Board area 1997-1998, (unpublished Eastern Health Board document).
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To reduce teenage pregnancies in the Eastern Health Board area by offering training to youth organisation and resource centres in areas such as; programme implementation; working with groups; interpersonal communications, peer pressure, role play; positive knowledge on fertility, conception, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Methodology: 
Focus groups and questionnaires.
Participants: 
A total of 34 youth workers (5 males, 29 females) were trained across nine training days, of which 21 trainers’ implemented programmes with children and young people (10 to 18 years). A total of 98 young people completed questionnaires and were involved in 6 focus groups.
Conclusion: 
This evaluation highlights the effectiveness of the programme in improving the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of teenagers related to sexuality and sexual health.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
teenage pregnancies, training and implementation
Length: 
80 pages

A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board.

Full title: 
A Review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board.
Author: 
Kearns, N., Reddy, J., Canavan, J.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Evaluation
Citation: 
Kearns, N., Reddy, J., & Canavan, J. (2008). A review of the Teenage Health Initiative (THI) in the former Western Health Board. Child and Family Research Centre, NUI, Galway.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To document the level of service provision and usage of the THI, to describe the type of educational and developmental work conducted under the initiative, to examine key stakeholders perceptions of the initiative, including its purpose, content and outcomes and to examine key stakeholders opinions and experience of the initiative in terms of governance, management and administrative issues.
Methodology: 
Documentary analysis and face-to-face in-depth interviews.
Participants: 
Key stakeholders were consulted for this review (n=18), comprising THI former and current project workers, service provider managers from Foróige and Youth Work Ireland, and HSE managers. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 13 individuals and 2 group interviews were carried out with key stakeholders. Of those (n=8) who had referred young people to the service, 4 telephone interviews were conducted.
Conclusion: 
The report concludes that the THI can impact the teenage participants, in terms of building self-esteem, self-awareness, assertiveness, developing relationships, communications, decision-making skills, and knowledge concerning personal and sexual health and well-being. In terms of future work, three major aspects that require attention were identified by interviewees, which include: 1) resources – both funding and staffing, 2) accessibility and geography, 3) strategic collaboration, training and planning.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
teenage, health, programme, review
Length: 
74 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