CARL Research Reports 2017
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- ItemThe prevalence of self-reported hearing loss in Ireland. The prevalence of self-reported hearing loss in Munster(Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork, 2017-07-21) Creedon, Yvonne; Laoide-Kemp, Siobhan; Deaf Enterprises; Civil Society OrganizationBackground: Hearing loss can have a profound impact on individuals and their families. It can result in negative consequences on quality of life, interpersonal communication, educational attainment and employment opportunities. There is a clear deficit of epidemiological research on prevalence of hearing loss in Ireland. This study was completed on behalf of Deaf Enterprises through the Community Academic Research Links (CARL) programme in University College Cork (UCC). Research Aim: This research aims to describe the prevalence of self-reported hearing loss in Munster, Ireland. Research Objectives: To extract and descriptively present all information on persons who self-reported a hearing loss, the educational attainment and labour force participation of this population Methods: To extract and descriptively present all information on self-reported hearing loss data mined the Census 2011 and 2016, Irish Health Survey (IHS) 2015, and National Disability Survey (NDS) 2006. Results: The National figure of self- reported Deafness or Serious Hearing Impairment has risen from 92,060 in 2011 to just over 103,000 in the Census 2016. Munster has the second highest prevalence of self-reported Deafness or Serious Hearing Impairment of all provinces. Those who self-reported Deafness or a Serious Hearing Impairment in Ireland had the highest labour force participation rate and the lowest unemployment rate of all disabilities. Conclusions: The rising prevalence of hearing loss in Ireland is crucial to informing enablement organisations like Deaf Enterprises so that they can effectively plan and deliver services based on the need and profile skills of the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Munster.
- ItemTo demonstrate the need for assessment and treatment services to assist children and young people presenting harmful sexual behaviours(Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork, 2017-08-31) O'Callaghan, Emily; Swirak, Katharina; Action Learning Group Cork; Civil Society OrganizationThe issues surrounding harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people is a relatively new issue facing health services in Ireland. This present study was designed to highlight the need for treatment and assessment services for children and young people presenting harmful sexual behaviours in the Southern Region (Cork/Kerry). The Action Learning Group Cork through the CARL initiative proposed this research, with the sole purpose to demonstrate the need for these services. Minimal research existed within this area, therefore minimal resources were available. Information and evidence for this research study was gathered by a literature review and qualitative research, in the form of an interview process with professionals working in the field of harmful sexual behaviour with children and young people. In total 4 professionals shared their views and experiences in dealing with these behaviours. Upon examination of the findings, the research and evidence from the interviews were supportive in demonstrating the need for these services. Additionally, this research highlighted the uncertainty that remains around this area within Ireland and what other factors such as digital natives, intellectual disabilities and resilience played in these behaviours. This research allows for future investigations into this area that will benefit these services.
- ItemYMCA - Parents and Kids Together Programme (PAKT): exploring the potential for informal support among parents(Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork, 2017-09-29) Yeriskina, Tatyana; Horgan, Deirdre; YMCA- PAKT; Civil Society OrganizationThis research is a Community-Academic Research Links (CARL) project carried out on behalf of YMCA-Parents and Kids Together (PAKT) programme. This research aims to explore the potential informal support structures developed between parents through their participation in the programme. This thesis examines the potential for informal support among parents in PAKT through qualitative methodology comprising of focus groups with parents and semi-structured interviews with programme coordinators, A literature review was carried out to examine the policy context of family support services in Ireland and to explore other available research in the field of family support. What emerges from the literature is that family support programmes aimed at parents have a positive social support impact. Benefits such as reduction of isolation, expansion of social capital and social networking were evident throughout the literature. This research provided evidence of support structures developed by parents through PAKT since joining the programme. It emerged from this research that positive relationships, advice seeking and giving, shared experiences and willingness to support each other at times of stress and difficulty, as well as practical supports are some of the key supports experienced by parents involved in PAKT. This research recognises the potential of family support programmes to develop support among its participants in every-day life outside programme hours as an offshoot of involvement. Family support programmes seem to have the potential to develop positive environments which facilitate the development and extension of long-term informal support structures among parents.
- ItemAn analysis of people’s behaviours and attitudes to food consumption and waste in the Cork region(Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork, 2017-09-10) Sweeney, Michelle; O’Farrell, Ronan; Stop Food Waste Challenge; Civil Society OrganizationThere is now more than ever before an emphasis on the amount of food we eat as consumers and the amount of food that is wasted in the process. This is an emerging and important topic in food business and development and therefore the topic meets the criteria for research. The covered topics in this research include what food waste is, why we need to reduce food waste, the main trends that influence food waste and effects food waste has on the environment. It will also cover the development of food waste policies in other countries, the results of research carried out and conclusions and recommendations. These areas give an overview of people’s behaviours and attitudes to food waste and consumption.
- ItemThe zebra in the room: an exploration of anticipatory grief in families of children with mitochondrial disease and the role of social work(Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork, 2017) Meehan, Tammy; Shore, Caroline; Mito Families Ireland; Civil Society OrganizationThis study researched the concept of anticipatory grief and used primary research to explore its affects in families of children with Mitochondrial Disease. From there it looked at what the role of social work might be in this context. In doing so, this paper considered the recommendations of the National Rare Disease Plan 2014-2018, as well as literature from foremost academics in the area of grief such as Doka, Rando and Cadell. Combining this theory with the findings of a survey completed by twenty three members of Mito Families Ireland, informed by a discussion forum, the research found that the lived experiences of these participants largely correlate to the current literature. Based on this, a number of recommendations have been made which hope to inform both policy and social work practice going forward.