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dc.contributor.authorClarke, Aleisha
dc.contributor.authorKuosmanen, Tuuli
dc.contributor.authorChambers, Derek
dc.contributor.authorBarry, Margaret
dc.descriptionBridging the Digital Disconnect is a three-year program of research that aims to develop online mental health and digital literacy resources for adults – including parents, teachers, youth workers, social workers, general practitioners and mental health professionals – who wish to support the mental health of young people aged 12 to 25. This program of research is being carried out by the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway and Inspire Ireland Foundation in collaboration with Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Australia. The first online resource to be developed is designed to meet the needs of parents. This report will outline key findings from a needs assessment carried out with parents in Ireland. The specific aims of this study were to: -determine parents’ current use of online technologies; -examine parents’ needs in relation to youth mental health; - explore parents’ views regarding the use of online technologies to assist them in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing; and -explore parents’ needs in relation to using online technologies to support young people’s mental health. A total of 355 parents of second and fifth year students (young people aged between 14 and 17) from randomly selected secondary schools across Ireland completed a postal questionnaire. In addition to this, four focus groups were carried out with 32 parents nationally in order to further explore their views. Overall, the results from this study reveal important findings regarding parents’ needs in terms of youth mental health and the use of online technologies to assist them in supporting young people. In relation to mental health, parents endorsed the association between positive youth mental health and the development of coping skills, confidence, communications skills and supportive peer and adult relations. Parents frequently referred to the pressures (academic, peer, societal) young people currently experience and the impact this has on their mental health.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectDIGITAL MEDIAen_US
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen_US
dc.subjectYOUNG PEOPLEen_US
dc.subjectinformation technologyen_US
dc.subject.otherDIGITAL DIVIDEen_US
dc.titleBridging the digital disconnect: exploring parents’ views on using Technology to Promote Young People’s Mental Healthen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Promotion Research Centre and Inspire Irelanden_US

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