Next Article in Journal
Chest Compressions in the Delivery Room
Previous Article in Journal
Longitudinal Changes in Sitting Patterns, Physical Activity, and Health Outcomes in Adolescents
Article Menu
Issue 1 (January) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Children 2019, 6(1), 3; https://doi.org/10.3390/children6010003

Conceptualizing Youth Participation in Children’s Health Research: Insights from a Youth-Driven Process for Developing a Youth Advisory Council

1
Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, Western University, London, ON N6A 5C2, Canada
2
Department of Geography, Western University, London, ON N6A 5C2, Canada
3
Children’s Health Research Institute, London, ON N6C 2V5, Canada
4
Department of Geography, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
5
Department of Paediatrics, Western University; London, ON N6A 5C1, Canada
6
Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University; London, ON N6A 3K7, Canada
7
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University; London, ON N6A 5C1, Canada
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 19 November 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 23 December 2018 / Published: 28 December 2018
  |  
PDF [1255 KB, uploaded 28 December 2018]
  |  

Abstract

Given the power asymmetries between adults and young people, youth involvement in research is often at risk of tokenism. While many disciplines have seen a shift from conducting research on youth to conducting research with and for youth, engaging children and teens in research remains fraught with conceptual, methodological, and practical challenges. Arnstein’s foundational Ladder of Participation has been adapted in novel ways in youth research, but in this paper, we present a new rendering: a ‘rope ladder.’ This concept came out of our youth-driven planning process to develop a Youth Advisory Council for the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, an interdisciplinary research laboratory focused on developing healthy communities for young people. As opposed to a traditional ladder, composed of rigid material and maintaining a static position, the key innovation of our concept is that it integrates a greater degree of flexibility and mobility by allowing dynamic movement beyond a 2D vertical plane. At the same time, the pliable nature of the rope makes it both responsive and susceptible to exogenous forces. We argue that involving youth in the design of their own participatory framework reveals dimensions of participation that are important to youth, which may not be captured by the existing participatory models. View Full-Text
Keywords: children’s health; health geography; healthy cities; healthy communities; participation; participatory health research; place-based health research; youth advisory council; youth children’s health; health geography; healthy cities; healthy communities; participation; participatory health research; place-based health research; youth advisory council; youth
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Arunkumar, K.; Bowman, D.D.; Coen, S.E.; El-Bagdady, M.A.; Ergler, C.R.; Gilliland, J.A.; Mahmood, A.; Paul, S. Conceptualizing Youth Participation in Children’s Health Research: Insights from a Youth-Driven Process for Developing a Youth Advisory Council. Children 2019, 6, 3.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Children EISSN 2227-9067 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top