Putting it into Practice

Title: Involving young people in drug and alcohol research.
Author: Louca-Mai Brady, Lorna Templeton, Paul Toner, Judith Watson, David Evans, Barry Percy-Smith, Alex Copello.
Date Published: 2018
Reference: Drugs and Alcohol Today, 18(1), 28-38.
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known

Abstract: This article reports on the lessons learnt from involving young people in drug and alcohol research. The initial plan was to form a young people’s advisory group (YPAG), but when this proved problematic, the researchers explored alternative approaches in collaboration with young people. They conclude that involvement of young people needs to be dynamic and flexible, and sensitive to young people’s personal experiences, particularly when those young people are “less frequently heard”. The danger is that young people involved in drug and alcohol research could unintentionally be put off involvement if standard approaches are used. The authors suggest that young people should be involved in influencing how they are involved in research.

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Categories: journal article
service users and carers
children and young people
general principles of good practice
lessons from direct experience of involvement
involving seldom heard groups

Date Entered: 2019/01/23

Date Edited: 2019/01/23

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