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Developing a collaborative adolescent health research charter with young people

Gray, Nicola, Bharti, Mepani, Reed, Hayley ORCID:, Sassoon, Robert and Starbuck, Lindsay 2013. Developing a collaborative adolescent health research charter with young people. Presented at: 10th International Congress on Adolescent Health, Istanbul, Turkey, 11-13 June 2013.

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OBJECTIVE: The nature and topics of adolescent health research is determined by the research interests of adults, be they research funders or do-ers. The relevance of this research to the interests of young people themselves is not widely considered. The aim of this ongoing work is to create a collaborative adolescent health research charter between young people, funders, researchers and policymakers. METHODS: A collaborative session at the 2012 AYPH conference in Cardiff engaged 19 young people in a series of peer-led activities relating to both the content and infrastructure of adolescent health research in the UK. This included the young people interviewing a senior researcher and a senior health policymaker who were keynote speakers at the conference. Reflection points included: ♣ How can we make sure research about young people’s health is relevant, useful and helps improve their health? ♣ What five key areas of young people’s health do you want to see improved and why? RESULTS: The young people at the conference emphasised the importance of meaningful participation of young people in the design and development of research. They expressed concern about the research cycle, particularly how long it takes to get to dissemination work. As a group, we acknowledged that young research participants may well be adults by the time the research is published. Pre-session discussion with ALPHA revealed content areas of interest including Alcohol and substance abuse, Obesity, Teenage Pregnancy, Stress, and Sexual health. A short film summarising the day’s outputs is available at http://www. CONCLUSIONS: We have made a promising start in generating infrastructure and content issues for adolescent health research that will go forward for agreement and prioritisation using online consensus methods with a snowball sample of young people in the UK for future dissemination as a charter to the adolescent health research community, including funders and users.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Additional Information: PP118.
Funders: ESRC
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Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:00

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