Young and Well CRC: Engaging young people as research partners

Zelenko, Oksana, Keys, Susan, O'Brien, Emily, Gesling, Kris, Swanton, Rosie, Rohlwing, Brandon, & De La Pena, Roberto (2012) Young and Well CRC: Engaging young people as research partners. In The 21st Century Approach to Mental Health: 7th World Conference on Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, 17-19 October 2012, Perth, W.A.

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This paper presents the outcomes of an international collaboration between researchers and young people in Australia and the United States, using participatory design to engage young people as research partners in the collaborative development of a conceptual framework for the Online WellBeing Center (OWBC), a repository of evidence-based mental health tools focused on mental health promotion and the prevention of mental illness developed as part of Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. Eighteen participants (nine in Australia and nine in USA) were involved as key partners through a series of participatory design workshops to develop the framework for the OWBC. Key objectives of the collaboration included an increased understanding of: how to recruit young people to be part of an international project team collaborating remotely; how to use new technologies to manage communication and maintain engagement; how to apply principles of participatory research to create a youth informed research project; how to develop an international stakeholder partnership to ensure relevancy in value systems, cultural orientation and project outcomes. Recommendations included guidelines for how others can establish international collaborations that integrate young people as active project participants.

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ID Code: 71724
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
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Keywords: participatory design, mental health promotion, young people, international partnership, Young and Well CRC
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 09 Jun 2015 02:47
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 14:45

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