Harden, Angela (2008) Including diverse groups of children and young people in health promotion and public health research: a review of methodology and practice. Technical Report. EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London.
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This report presents the findings of a methodological study on the inclusion of diverse groups of children and young people in health promotion (HP) and public health (PH) research. The need for diversity in research is increasingly recognised by researchers, funders and other stakeholders. Recent and ongoing changes to equalities legislation and health policy in the UK foreground the importance of the inclusion in research of diverse groups. An inclusive approach to research also improves the generalisability of research findings. However, there is relatively little guidance for researchers as to how diversity in research might be promoted. While valuable and relevant work has been done, few researchers have attempted to draw together material relevant to diversity across different populations and research designs. This report describes such an attempt. We reviewed the methodological and conceptual literature on diversity, and identified ways in which it is appropriate for scientific and/or ethical reasons that HP and PH research should include socially diverse populations. They looked at 174 studies included in nine previous systematic reviews concerned with HP and PH research relating to children and young people. We found a mixed and patchy picture. Many studies do not provide sufficient socio-demographic detail to judge the nature of research samples. Rationales for sample selection are often unclear, and attention to diversity issues in data analysis appears to be driven more often by convenience than by science. Guidelines are suggested for improving the value and generalisability of HP and PH research – for all age groups as well as children and young people – by helping researchers to think critically about how social diversity can most appropriately be reflected in policyrelevant research.
|Divisions:||Schools > Health, Sports and Bioscience, School of > Institute for Health and Human Development|
|Additional Information:||Citation: Lorenc, T., Harden, A., Brunton, G. and Oakley, A (2008), Including diverse groups of children and young people in health promotion and public health research: a review of methodology and practice. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.. Series: EPPI-Centre reports;1609.|
|Date Deposited:||12 Jul 2012 10:05|
|Item Type:||Monograph (Technical Report)|
|Publisher:||EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London|
|Last Modified:||27 Sep 2012 11:59|
|Depositing User:||Stephen Grace|