The feasibility of an online discussion group as a component of targeted youth work in Finland

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Kivijarvi , A , Aaltonen , S & Välimäki , V 2019 , ' The feasibility of an online discussion group as a component of targeted youth work in Finland ' , Children and Youth Services Review , vol. 105 , 104411 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104411

Titel: The feasibility of an online discussion group as a component of targeted youth work in Finland
Författare: Kivijarvi, Antti; Aaltonen, Sanna; Välimäki, Vesa
Upphovmannens organisation: Media and Communication Studies
Datum: 2019-10
Språk: eng
Sidantal: 9
Tillhör serie: Children and Youth Services Review
ISSN: 0190-7409
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104411
Permanenta länken (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305957
Abstrakt: The aim of this paper is to investigate the potential of online group activities alongside one-to-one offline counselling in youth work targeted toward young adults not in employment or education. The study examines the feasibility of moderated anonymous online group (MAOG) discussions from a comprehensive standpoint, with reference to the perspectives of end-users, service providers and further research. The paper is based on a two-arm, quasi-experimental and mixed methods study. To this end, the data consists of group interviews with young adults and youth workers arranged at the beginning of the study, baseline and follow-up interviews, online discussion threads, as well as evaluations of the online group activities. The piloted intervention was most acceptable to young adults who suffered from loneliness and had difficulties in joining face-to-face groups. Most youth work professionals considered the pilot viable. Finally, several modifications are suggested prior to implementing an experimental setting to study the effectiveness of the intervention.
Subject: 5145 Social work
targeted youth work
online group
feasibility study
mixed methods
young-people
support
Referentgranskad: Ja
Licens: cc_by_nc_nd
Användningsbegränsning: openAccess
Parallelpublicerad version: publishedVersion


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