Pain is a common experience in young people who experience chronic illness, and a burden for many of these young people. Young people who experience on-going pain report poor outcomes in terms of psychological, physical, social and peer-related functioning. Whilst the impact of pain on normative adolescent development is assumed, little is known about the exact social challenges that these young people experience. Moreover, the limited work in this area has typically focused on use of more traditional methods of interviews and questionnaires to explore this area. To develop knowledge in this important area, it is necessary that the chosen research designs match both the communication mediums and styles of young people. The purpose of the symposium, kindly funded by the British Psychological Society, is to discuss more creative and/or online research methods to better engage with young people in a research context.
To this end, 3 seminars days will take place; the first day (3rd March 2017) will be hosted at the University of Stirling and a two-day event held at the University of Bath (19th & 20th April 2017). Each seminar day will have a different focus and will feature keynote presentations by renowned experts in the field as well as interactive discussions.
The seminar held at the University of Stirling is titled “Investigating the social context of young people with a chronic health condition: Experiences and challenges.” and will focus on key issues that young people with pain related health conditions face in addition to challenges associated with conducting research this population.
Confirmed presentations and speakers include:
1. Dr Vivien Swanson (University of Stirling)
2. Dr Janie Donnan (NHS Education for Scotland)
3. Professor Christina Liossi (University of Southampton)
4. Professor Bernie Carter (Edge Hill University)