During the month of October 2021, we are inviting all students who have completed 3rd year of secondary school education in Cavan and Monaghan, to take part in the Planet Youth survey.
The survey involves filling out an anonymous questionnaire about their lifestyles, behaviours and health. The survey will take about 50 minutes and takes place in a classroom setting.
This letter is an information leaflet about the survey. We would be grateful if you would consider reading this letter in full.
At the end of this letter, you can indicate whether you do not wish your young person to take part. If you do not want your young person to take part in the survey, please return this signed form to your young person’s school.
If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you agree to your young person taking part in the survey.
As part of the Planet Youth program, we will send home a leaflet on local services that might be able to help your young person if they are experiences any difficulties identified in the survey.
The purpose of this study is to identify the strengths and difficulties of young people and young people’s communities.
Young people will be asked questions about their lives in relation to a number of different topics. This includes:
• School experiences
• Leisure time
• Sexual behaviour
• Family life
• Stressful life events
• Substance use (Alcohol, smoking, cannabis and other)
• Mental health
• Physical health
This will allow us to plan interventions in your local community to improve the health of your young person and their peers. We do this using an evidence-based model that originated in Iceland. This involves bringing community leaders, professionals, researchers and policy makers together to create targeted changes in young people’s communities and environments to improve their health. This model has been successful in Iceland in reducing the rates of teenage alcohol, smoking and substance use. We will monitor the progress of the interventions over time in surveys in the future.
This is an anonymous questionnaire-based survey where your young person will be asked a specific question and asked to choose from a number of potential answers (i.e. multiple choice questions).
Selection of Participants
Your young person is invited to take part in this study as they are enrolled in a post-Junior Certificate year and are attending a participating school.
Your young person’s participation in the survey is voluntary. There are no consequences for your young person if they or you so not agree to take part.