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Title: Barriers and enablers to meaningful youth participation in mental health research: qualitative interviews with youth mental health researchers.
Author: Faithfull S, Brophy L, Pennell K, Simmons MB.
Date Published: 2018
Reference: Journal of Mental Health, doi: 10.1080/09638237.2018.1521926. [Epub ahead of print]
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Abstract: Aim: To explore the experiences, barriers and enablers to partnering with young people for mental health research. Methods: Semi-structured, qualitative interviews were conducted with 19 researchers employed at a youth mental health research institute in Australia. Results: The way the researchers thought about youth participation depended on how confident and competent they felt about engaging with young people. Their attitudes and beliefs about the impact of youth participation on research depended on whether they felt anxious or excited about it. Whether researchers engaged in youth participation was affected by the resources, culture and structures that their organisation had in place. Conclusion: Researchers generally want to engage young people in their work, but need help with the challenges, and encouragement and support from others already doing it.

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Categories: journal article
children and young people
staff in research organisations
training and supporting researchers

Date Entered: 2018/11/23

Date Edited: 2018/11/23

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