Building resilience in young people through meaningful participation

Oliver, Kylie G., Collin, Philippa, Burns, Jane, and Nicholas, Jonathan (2006) Building resilience in young people through meaningful participation. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 5 (1 ). pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

Building resilience in young people is an important goal if we are to strengthen capacity and promote skills that help to reduce mental health problems. One way to foster resilience in young people is through meaningful youth participation; that is, decision-making by young people that involves meaning, control, and connectedness. Whilst youth participation may occur in recognition of young people’s rights to be involved in all decisions that affect them, meaningful participation can itself enhance a young person’s sense of connectedness, belonging and valued participation, and thereby impact on mental health and well being. Based on its extensive experience working collaboratively with young people, the Inspire Foundation, in partnership with young people, has developed a flexible and diverse approach to youth participation. This paper outlines the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the model, and discusses the operationalisation of program goals, atmosphere and activities that seek to build resilience through meaningful youth participation.

Item ID: 3691
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: resilience; young people; youth participation; youth development; mental health
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Reproduced with permission from Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health.

Oliver, K.G., Collin, P., Burns, J. & Nicholas, J. (2006). Building resilience in young people through meaningful participation. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health 5(1) www.auseinet.com/journal/vol5iss1/oliver.pdf

ISSN: 1446-7984
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 03:41
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 49%
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