RU right in the head?: The development and dissemination of educational resources addressing positive mental and emotional health issues for adolescent males in Northern Ireland.

Ken Harland, Linda Barclay, Deirdre McNamee

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    In western post-industrial societies traditional routes from boy to man have become increasingly prolonged, complex and ambiguous. In Northern Ireland the lives of young people have been further influenced by the effects of prolonged political violence. Central to this are contradictions adolescent males experience in regard to their masculine expectations. Despite increasing concern in regard to mental and emotional health amongst adolescent males in Northern Ireland, to date, few resources have been produced to support this type of work. This paper presents an evaluation of practitioner orientated training and practice and the rationale, process and key considerations for the production of two educational resources produced in Northern Ireland entitled RU right in the head? One was targeted at supporting males aged 11-16, and the other was for practitioners working with adolescent males in relation to mental and emotional health.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages204-210
    JournalThe Journal of Men's Health and Gender
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2006

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