research methods

Unit 2 befriending scheme : University of Stirling evaluation for Aberlour Child Care Trust : summary

Study evaluating a youth crime befriending scheme with particular reference to the processes involved in running the scheme and the effectiveness of its outcomes for young people.

Mental health and employment

This report presents findings of a qualitative research project commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to investigate the relationship between mental health and employment. The research was conducted during 2007 by the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York and the Institute for Employment Studies.

The effect of alcohol advertising, marketing and portrayal on drinking behaviour in young people : systematic review of prospective cohort studies

Study evaluating the relationship between exposure to alcohol advertising, marketing and portrayal and subsequent drinking behaviour in young people through systematic review of cohort (longitudinal) studies.

National Parenting Development Project : University of Stirling evaluation for Aberlour Child Care Trust : summary

Study assessing the progress and effectiveness of the National Parenting Development Project which was set up to develop the range and quality of parent support services in Scotland.

Practice guide 5: Implementing the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004

The purpose of this guide is to offer quick and easy access to information that will aid the implementation of the 2004 Act alongside previous related legislation. The guide explores a number of areas and you will see these listed on the left hand menu. For each topic area the guide includes: key research and policy findings; ideas from practice; links to further information. It also includes related areas of practice not specific to the Act that are useful to its implementation.

Missing out: young runaways in Scotland

Summary of a report into the problem of runaway young people outlining the research methods used and the conclusions reached.

Pragmatic development

Paper reviewing research on the pragmatic, or social, aspects of language development in children and young people with Down syndrome. Next steps for research are also identified.

Sure Start children's centres: survey of parents

A survey of 1,496 parents and carers was carried out between August and October 2008 to quantify the reach (i.e. awareness and usage) of Sure Start Children’s Centres among the target population (that is, parents and carers of children aged under five years and expectant parents). The survey was limited to children’s centres which were designated by March 2006 and so had been established for several years.

Crunch time for Scotland's mental health : a SAMH report

Report investigating the effects of the 'credit crunch' on people's mental health and making recommendations as to how government and other agencies should respond to mental health challenges posed by economic recession.

Living with social evils - the voices of unheard groups

Paper dealing with the social evils of UK society as experienced by people whose voices are not usually heard. Workshops/discussion groups with lone parents, ex-offenders, unemployed and other vulnerable and socially excluded people were used to explore personal experiences of living and coping with social evils. Ideas for overcoming them suggest a combined individual and collective responsibility to take forward social change.