Abstract: BACKGROUND: Few studies relating to youth mental health have actively involved
young people in the design and conduct of research.
AIMS: This qualitative study explores the perceptions of young people about
involving them in mental health research.
METHOD: An opportunistic sample of eight young people (aged 14-24 years) from
non-statutory mental health organizations was interviewed. Interviews were
transcribed verbatim, and inductive thematic analysis was conducted.
RESULTS: Six key themes emerged reflecting a desire for young people to have the
opportunity to actively contribute to every stage of the research process.
Meaningful research involvement was perceived as offering opportunities to
develop personal skills, contribute to making a difference and ensuring research
projects were more relevant.
CONCLUSIONS: Young people with an active interest in mental health promotion
demonstrate a desire to be involved in research with training in research methods
likely to facilitate this process. Researchers need training on how best to
actively and meaningfully involve young people in mental health research.
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Categories: health journal article lessons from direct experience of involvement description of involvement in a research project
Date Entered: 2018/09/19
Date Edited: 2018/09/19