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Responding to unhappy childhoods in the UK: enhancing young people’s ‘well-being’ through participatory action research

Cooper Charlie

in Social policy review 22

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427113
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303497 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427113.003.0014
Responding to unhappy childhoods in the UK: enhancing young people’s ‘well-being’ through participatory action research

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This chapter focuses on young people and the research process. It examines how involving disadvantaged young people in research might contribute to improved understandings of their aspirations and the strategies that are required to achieve these. It outlines the rationale and approaches of a participatory action research agenda with young people (youth PAR). It argues that a youth PAR approach would not only present policy makers with important lessons on how better to respond to the needs of young people, but by facilitating the meaningful involvement of young people in the research process it also has the potential to empower young people themselves to effect positive social change. It outlines a toolbox for undertaking youth PAR, and offers several case studies of the approach in practice.

Keywords: young people; research process; participatory action research agenda; youth PAR approach; case studies

Chapter.  9364 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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