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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This is a comprehensive bibliography of published and unpublished studies, post-graduate theses, and other research studies related to youth health promotion in the youth work sector in Ireland.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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Young people’s views about opportunities, barriers and supports to recreation and leisure.

Full title: 
Young people’s views about opportunities, barriers and supports to recreation and leisure.
Author: 
de Róiste, A., & Dinneen, J.
Year: 
2005
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
de Róiste, A., & Dinneen, J. (2005). Young people’s views about opportunities, barriers and supports to recreation and leisure. Dublin: The National Children’s Office.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore how Irish youth spend their free time, what barriers and supports they experience during this time and what their aspirations are with regard to recreation and leisure.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and focus groups
Participants: 
Fifty one schools and 2260 students with an age range of 12 to 18 completed questionnaires. Subsequently focus groups were carried out with 54 young people in schools across Cork, including 20 who were deaf, 8 who were visually impaired, 6 with autism, 3 with physical difficulties, 36 who attended a Youthreach centre and 10 young people from the Travelling community, to explore prominent themes from the questionniare data.
Conclusion: 
This study found that a majority of young people were fulfilled in their leisure time. Most engaged in a range of activities (sports, hobbies and groups) as well as spending time with their friends and doing less directed activities such as watching TV and listening to music. Far fewer young people were involved in groups/clubs than in sports and hobbies. Just under a third (32%) of the sample participated in one or more clubs/groups. The most popular clubs/groups were youth clubs/groups, choir/folk groups, voluntary work and scouts/guides. The authors concluded that the relatively low involvement of Irish adolescents in clubs and groups needs to be addressed.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
young people, leisure activities
Length: 
212 pages

Youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland 1983-2008: ‘Still haven’t found what we’re looking for ...?’

Full title: 
Youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland 1983-2008: ‘Still haven’t found what we’re looking for ...?’
Author: 
Devlin, M.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Devlin, M. (2008). Youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland 1983-2008: ‘still haven’t found what we’re looking for ...?’ Youth & Policy, 100, 41-54.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To review youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland.
Methodology: 
A review of published research on youth work and youth policy in the Republic of Ireland.
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This report concludes that there is a need for an overall agreed policy that facilitates regular planning for the future and review of performance and co-ordination of all services to youth. The author highlights the absence of inter-departmental or inter-ministerial systems to ensure youth work coordination and refers to the need to retain a core sense of vision and purpose regarding the relational, educational and associative mission of youth work, in a climate of increasing outcome-focused accountability. Highlighted is the possible opportunity at local level to use youth work’s new institutional foothold as a way of building relationships with other relevant groups and with young people themselves as a step forward.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, policy, Ireland, review
Length: 
15 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Database: EBSCO

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

Health promotion in a youth work setting.

Full title: 
Health promotion in a youth work setting.
Author: 
Jackson, M. In: Health Promotion Professional Perspectives, Chapter 14 (eds A. Scriven and J. Orme)
Year: 
1996
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Jackson, M. (1996). Health promotion in a youth work setting. In A. Scriven & J. Orme (Eds.), Health Promotion Professional Perspectives (157-165). London: Macmillan.
Publication Type: 
Book chapter
Aim: 
To discuss youth work as a setting for health promotion in Ireland.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This study discusses many aspects of promoting health through youth work including: accessing young people, peer education initiatives, the contribution of youth work to health promotion and partnerships for youth health promotion with youth groups, schools and other organisations.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, health promotion, Ireland
Length: 
8 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Services and policy for young people.

Full title: 
Services and policy for young people.
Author: 
Lalor, K., de Roiste, A., & Devlin, M. In: Young people in contemporary Ireland, Chapter 10 (eds K. Lalor, A. de Roiste, and M. Devlin)
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Lalor, K., de Roiste, A., & Devlin, M. (2007). Services and policy for young people. In K. Lalor, A. de Roiste, and M. Devlin (Eds.) Young people in contemporary Ireland (pp. 267 – 294) Ireland: Gill & Macmillan.
Publication Type: 
Book Chapter
Aim: 
To review the major types of services and policies designed specifically for young people – particularly focusing on youth work. The origins, nature and development of youth work are also reviewed.
Methodology: 
n/a
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
The provisions, policy, planning and strategies required to work towards improving youth work in Ireland in the future are discussed.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
service provision, youth work, Ireland
Length: 
27 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access
ISBN: 
ISBN 0717142118

Mental health & social inclusion; report 36.

Full title: 
Mental health & social inclusion; report 36.
Author: 
National Economic Social Forum (NEFS)
Year: 
2007
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
National Economic Social Forum (2007). Mental health & social inclusion; Report 36. Dublin: National Economic and Social Forum.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore the relationship between mental health and social inclusion in terms of: strengthening positive mental health and well-being for the whole population; the impact of poverty and social exclusion on mental health; and access to services and better recovery rates.
Methodology: 
A consultation process with various stakeholders was carried out; including a public call for submissions of documents relating to this area, public seminars and lectures, and consultations with various stakeholders.
Participants: 
Service users and representatives from youth and children’s organisations, representatives of the Scottish National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Well-being as well as other relevant people who attended the public consultations.
Conclusion: 
Young people are identified as one of the six strategic areas for improving mental health and social inclusion. Early intervention initiatives are identified as the key way to achieve this. This report provides examples of good practice with regard to supportive networks and suicide prevention for mental health promotion and social inclusion of youth. It identifies the need to expand education for citizenship in the school system and in the youth and adult education sectors, with the health and well-being benefits of social and community supports emphasised in this work. It also identifies the importance of raising awareness of mental health and offering a referral service for those who need specific support within the substantial network of youth services identified throughout the country.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
mental health, social inclusion, Ireland.
Length: 
246 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Available from the National Economic and Social Forum.

Working with young people: a national study of youth work provision and policy in contemporary Ireland.

Full title: 
Working with young people: a national study of youth work provision and policy in contemporary Ireland.
Author: 
Powell, F., Geoghegan, M., Scanlon, M., & Swirak, K.
Year: 
2010
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Powell, F., Geoghegan, M., Scanlon, M., & Swirak, K. (2010). Working with young people: a national study of youth work provision and policy in contemporary Ireland. University College Cork: Institute for Social Science.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
This study aimed to examine youth work provision and policy in Ireland.
Methodology: 
Questionnaires and interviews.
Participants: 
Policy-makers, heads of youth work organisations, youth workers and volunteers.
Conclusion: 
This study provides a context to the provision and policy of Irish youth work. It identified that over 43,000 young people participated in youth work groups across Ireland. Youth cafes emerged as one of the innovative youth programmes that help young people make lifestyle changes and also provide them with space to spend their free time. The report identified that young people from many cultures participated in youth groups; however more supports are needed to enable integrated multicultural youth work. This report highlights the differences that exist in Ireland relating to the provision of mainstream and targeted youth work funding, the need for more male youth workers and the need to refocus the aims of some mainstream youth work.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
youth work, provision, policy, Ireland
Length: 
109 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access
ISBN: 
ISBN 1906642167

Youth participation and youth work: a conceptual review.

Full title: 
Youth participation and youth work: a conceptual review.
Author: 
Seebach, M.
Year: 
2008
Category: 
Context
Citation: 
Seebach, M. (2008). Youth participation and youth work: a conceptual review. Youth Studies Ireland, 3(2), 37-53.
Publication Type: 
Journal article
Aim: 
To examine youth participation literature and assess how it relates and contributes to youth work practice.
Methodology: 
Literature review
Participants: 
n/a
Conclusion: 
This report concludes that youth work policy and theory in Ireland has embraced youth participation. Following on from the adoption of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of a Child (UNCRC), youth work policy views young people as citizens now.
Keywords: 
youth work, youth participation
Subject Matter: 
n/a
Length: 
16 pages
Public Accessibility: 
Library access

Youth as a resource - promoting the health of young people at risk.

Full title: 
Youth as a resource - promoting the health of young people at risk.
Author: 
Burke, S.
Year: 
1999
Category: 
Needs Assessment
Citation: 
Burke, S. (1999). Youth as a resource - promoting the health of young people at risk. Dublin: Department of Health and Children.
Publication Type: 
Report
Aim: 
To explore the health needs of young people at risk and to detail the approaches used in addressing such issues.
Methodology: 
Meetings and consultations were held with youth, youth workers, policy makers and youth sector managers.
Participants: 
Early school leavers aged 13 to 17 (n=53), national and regional policy makers, management from relevant youth sectors, 262 teachers, youth and community workers, Juvenile Liaison Officers, Youthreach, FÁS and Community Training Workshop trainers, health board personnel (including health promotion staff, social workers, child and family support workers), addiction counsellors, probation and home school liaison officers, local area partnership and crisis service personnel.
Conclusion: 
This report concludes with 6 main recommendations for working towards improving the health needs of young people at risk. It urges relevant agencies to consider the issues contained within the report and its recommendations when formulating and prioritising actions in their work. As the building of healthy public policy and multi-sectoral activity are two of the cornerstones of health promotion, the challenge for health promotion is to pursue the development of these policies with the relevant sectors.
Keywords: 
n/a
Subject Matter: 
early school leaving, disadvantaged, educational disadvantage, health risk assessment, Ireland, youth
Length: 
71 pages

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