Involving young people in health promotion, research and policy-making: practical recommendations

Magaly Aceves Martins* (Corresponding Author), Aixa Y Aleman-Diaz, Montse Giralt, Rosa Sola

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Youth is a dynamic and complex transition period in life where many factors jeopardise its present and future health. Youth involvement enables young people to influence processes and decisions that affect them, leading to changes in themselves and their environment (e.g. peers, services, communities and policies); this strategy could be applied to improve health and prevent diseases. Nonetheless, scientific evidence of involving youth in health-related programmes is scarce. The aim of this paper is to describe youth involvement as a health promotion strategy and to compile practical recommendations for health promoters, researchers and policy-makers interested in successful involvement of young people in health-related programmes. These suggestions aim to encourage a positive working synergy between adults and youth during the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, research and/or health promotion efforts that target adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-153
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal for Quality in Health Care
Issue number2
Early online date18 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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  • adolescent health
  • Participation
  • youth involvement
  • Health Promotion
  • adolescents health
  • participation
  • health promotion


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