Using Technology to Scale up Youth-Led Participatory Action Research: A Systematic Review
AuthorGibbs, L; Kornbluh, M; Marinkovic, K; Bell, S; Ozer, EJ
Source TitleJournal of Adolescent Health
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsGibbs, L., Kornbluh, M., Marinkovic, K., Bell, S. & Ozer, E. J. (2020). Using Technology to Scale up Youth-Led Participatory Action Research: A Systematic Review. JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH, 67 (2), pp.S14-S23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.10.019.
Access StatusOpen Access
PURPOSE: Rapid advances in technology create opportunities for adolescents to influence practice and policy in health and other domains. Technology can support the scaling of Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR), in which adolescents conduct research to improve issues that affect them. We present the first known published systematic review of the use of technology to scale YPAR. METHODS: A systematic review of the empirical literature was conducted from 2000 to 2018 using databases PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, and PubMed. The review included peer-reviewed articles of YPAR studies involving adolescents (aged 10-19 years) using technology for scaling. Appraisal of papers included the role of technology and consistency with YPAR principles. RESULTS: Nine peer-reviewed YPAR publications focusing on a range of health issues with adolescents aged 11-19 years were identified. Technology included Facebook (most common), Twitter, Instagram, Skype, e-mail, blogs, and personalized mapping applications. Overall, technology was primarily used for adolescent participants to gather data. The appraisal revealed the complexities inherent in conducting YPAR using technology across multiple sites, with different adults in supportive roles and varying levels of opportunities for adolescent engagement. CONCLUSIONS: This review provides insights at the intersection of youth-led research and technology, highlighting opportunities in a changing technological landscape and the challenges of YPAR at scale.
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