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

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dc.contributor.author Kivijarvi, Antti
dc.contributor.author Aaltonen, Sanna
dc.contributor.author Välimäki, Vesa
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-11T12:45:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-11T12:45:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019-10
dc.identifier.citation 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
dc.identifier.other PURE: 127358133
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dc.identifier.other WOS: 000487166900012
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-3977-8245/work/103301812
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305957
dc.description.abstract 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. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Children and Youth Services Review
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 5145 Social work
dc.subject targeted youth work
dc.subject online group
dc.subject feasibility study
dc.subject mixed methods
dc.subject young-people
dc.subject support
dc.title The feasibility of an online discussion group as a component of targeted youth work in Finland en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Media and Communication Studies
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104411
dc.relation.issn 0190-7409
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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