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Promoting mental health addresses a global societal challenge. Nature connectedness, or relatedness to natural systems, is associated with increased well-being and mental health. Among urban populations, nature connectedness has been reported as lower. Nature connectedness in urban settings has been somewhat overlooked by researchers. This cross-se...
Discussing the role of nature connectedness in fortifying psychological resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
School leaders experience firsthand how the local community and community events impact on the school (Harris and Jones, 2020). As far back as the 1970's (Bronfenbrenner and Morris, 1998), theories of the interaction between systems, school, family and the wider community have been identified but have failed to capture the complexity of the dynamic...
Recent research has highlighted the high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in early school leavers (ESLs), as well as the increasing levels of marginalisation, socioemotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties (NEPS, 2017; Smyth, 2019). An inquiry-based evaluation, incorporating an online survey (n=120 second chance educat...
Perspectives on, and experiences of, gender stereotypes, gender roles and gender-based violence in Irish primary schools: Results from the European Commission Justice Programme SAFER Project
Background: Recent research has shown that Irish early school leavers (ESLs) report elevated levels of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse, neglect, deprivation and familial mental health difficulties and separation. Methods: A mixed-methods, inquiry-based evaluation, incorporating an online survey of second chance educators (n =...
The importance of establishing contact and, subsequently, a deeper connection with nature has long been underestimated in terms of the maintenance of wellbeing and boosting of resilience. Increases in urbanization and the digital colonization of humans’ daily lives has resulted in people becoming more and more detached from this essential fount of...
Objectives. The number of newly reported cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) in young adults continues to rise despite the ubiquity of pro-condom information and condom promotion campaigns. A number of factors are thought to influence an individual’s likelihood of wearing a condom during interpersonal sexual relations. The present study...
Early school leaving is linked to a range of adverse life outcomes, ranging from unemployment, to social exclusion and poor health. The THRIVE project involves the development of an innovative training package for staff working with early school leavers which will draw on a trauma sensitive framework, coupled with the resilience building strategies.
The overarching aim of this proposed research is to systematically evaluate the processes and conditions which influence the implementation and outcomes of the Bridge to Work Programme, which was developed by Ruhama to support women impacted by sexual exploitation and prostitution. We will explore how the programme works, identify facilitators of, and barriers to, programme success in order to help build an understanding of the sustainability and potential transferability of the programme.