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Using co-design to develop a health literacy intervention with socially disadvantaged adolescents

Smith, Craig orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-1768-6726, Goss, Hannah orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-4264-6673, Hickey, Laura, Issartel, Johann orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-1016-1409, Morrissey, Janis, Murrin, Celine orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-9728-9781, Spillane, Ailbhe orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-1172-2151 and Belton, Sarahjane orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-9672-6276 (2022) Using co-design to develop a health literacy intervention with socially disadvantaged adolescents. Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (9). ISSN 661-7827

The aim of this study was to initiate a co-design process with adolescents to inform the development of a targeted health literacy intervention for implementation in designated socioeconomically disadvantaged post-primary schools in Ireland. Purposely developed vignettes were explored in a series of eight workshops that were conducted separately with staff (n = 26) and students (n = 33) across four schools. Data was analysed using content analysis. A number of key health topics were identified as important and influential for the participants in this context: food choices, mental health and wellbeing, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, sleep and substance misuse. Participants also suggested many health-related capacity building actions. Participants recognized that many of these health topics and capacity building actions were intertwined and also highlighted that some of these actions may be more feasible and/or impactful than others. For example, students and school staff both indicated the need to use relevant, applied and engaging approaches to improve health literacy and subsequent health behaviour. The co-design process adopted empowered stakeholders to actively engage in the design and development of future intervention strategies, which may increase the likelihood of acceptability, effectiveness and sustainability of the resulting intervention.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:schools; health education; wellbeing; participatory methods; inequalities
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Health and Human Performance
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19094965
Copyright Information:© 2022 The Authors.
Funders:Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Research Council
ID Code:27832
Deposited On:07 Oct 2022 11:45 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 23 Mar 2023 15:12

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