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Getting it right! Enhancing youth involvement in mental health research

Mawn, L.; Welsh, P.; Kirkpatrick, L.; Webster, L.A.D.; Stain, H.J.

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L. Mawn

P. Welsh

L. Kirkpatrick

L.A.D. Webster

H.J. Stain


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.


Mawn, L., Welsh, P., Kirkpatrick, L., Webster, L., & Stain, H. (2016). Getting it right! Enhancing youth involvement in mental health research. Health Expectations, 19(4), 908-919.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 23, 2015
Online Publication Date Jul 22, 2015
Publication Date Aug 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jan 12, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2016
Journal Health Expectations
Print ISSN 1369-6513
Electronic ISSN 1369-7625
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 4
Pages 908-919


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© 2015 The Authors. Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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