“It’s always in the back of your mind” Newry and Armagh Area Based Strategy (Developing Children and Young people)

McMullan, Martin, McShane, Louis and Grattan, Alan (2006) “It’s always in the back of your mind” Newry and Armagh Area Based Strategy (Developing Children and Young people). Belfast, Northern Ireland, Youth Action Northern Ireland, 206pp.


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“It’s always in the back of your mind” is
a quote from one of the young people
involved in the action research process.
We feel that this encapsulates the
sentiment of the research findings, both
in terms of issues for young people and
workers. For example, although the
Newry and Armagh area is continuing to
develop from the legacy of the troubles,
young people are still affected by the
stories of the past and hesitations to
openly trust and feel safe. As one young
man cited “it’s always in the back of
your mind”. The quote implies that even
though the ‘troubles’ may have gone or
are disappearing there are still lingering
prejudices, fears and suspicions. In
relation to the everyday lives of young
people “it’s always in the back of your
mind” appears to encapsulate the
conscious thoughts that affect their
choices, behaviours and attitudes. For
young people this can mean being
careful in the areas that they socialise,
work or hang out. The quote can also
relate to the feeling that there can also
be something ‘niggling away in the back
of a young person’s mind’. This clearly
indicates that those working with young
people need to encourage young people
to explore themselves, their values,
beliefs and attitudes in a way which does
not compromise their identity. We
should be supporting young people to
address thoughts and feelings which may
be suppressed and consequently may
lead to violence, self harm, low self
esteem, confusion or even suicide.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
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Keywords: youth, area based strategy, community development, peace-building, marginalisation, needs assessment, partnerships, education, employability, gender, citizenship
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Lifelong and Work-Related Learning
ePrint ID: 63587
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Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63587

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