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Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health

POSSAY-2: Peer Outreach and Same Sex Attracted Youth (2007-2008)

Investigators

  • Graham Brown
  • Roanna Lobo
  • Sharyn Burns
  • Alexandra McManus
  • Bruce Maycock

Aim

To develop and trial practice based standards for peer based health promotion programs with a focus on same sex attracted youth.

Key Outcomes

This project is part of the MY-Peer Consortium research to develop good practice standards in the recruitment, training, supervision, evaluation and sustainability of peer based health promotion programs targeting marginalised or at risk youth.

Peer-based programs have been widely used in health promotion and risk reduction initiatives due to their capacity to engage with marginalised, at risk young people who are hard to reach by conventional support services. However, peer-based mental health programs have had limited theoretical development and apart from process evaluation, have rarely been evaluated to determine their impact and outcomes, or fully explore their strengths and limitations.  In addition, evidence based standards that outline factors necessary for effective and safe peer-based programs have not been well identified.

This project is a feasibility study in collaboration with the Freedom Centre (www.freedom.org.au) and True Colours (www.unitingcarewest.org.au) programs which provide peer support and education for same sex attracted youth in Perth and regional areas. The study will be also trialling a range of youth participation and action research methodologies. The study is phase 2 of the larger MY-Peer (Marginalised Youth – Participation, Engagement and Empowerment Research) program.

Publications:

  • Brown, G., Lobo, R., Maycock, B. BURNS, S (2007) A Framework for Defining the Role of Peer-Based Approaches in Mental Health Promotion. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 9(3)
  • LOBO, R and BROWN, G (2007) Urban myths? Developing locally-relevant outreach approaches for marginalised youth in regional areas, Health Promotion Journal of Australia 18, 109-112
  • From POSSAY 1 Project:
    Lobo, R., Brown, G., Maycock, B., Burns, S. (2006) POSSAY Project Final Report. WA Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University (ISBN Number pending).

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