Search
  Advanced Search
 
Journal search
Journal cover: Health Education

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

Content: Latest Issue | icon: RSS Latest Issue RSS | Previous Issues

Options: To add Favourites and Table of Contents Alerts please take a Emerald profile

Previous article.Icon: Print.Table of Contents.Next article.Icon: .

Youth empowerment for the most vulnerable: A model based on the pedagogy of Freire and experiences in the field


Document Information:
Title:Youth empowerment for the most vulnerable: A model based on the pedagogy of Freire and experiences in the field
Author(s):Nicole Mohajer, (Centre for International Health, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia), Jaya Earnest, (Centre for International Health, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia)
Citation:Nicole Mohajer, Jaya Earnest, (2009) "Youth empowerment for the most vulnerable: A model based on the pedagogy of Freire and experiences in the field", Health Education, Vol. 109 Iss: 5, pp.424 - 438
Keywords:Adolescents, Disadvantaged groups, Empowerment
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/09654280910984834 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – This paper aims to review global adolescent empowerment programmes and develops and proposes a model that can be used with vulnerable adolescents. The model reflects theory and experience drawn from the literature.

Design/methodology/approach – The review is a synthesis of articles on empowerment theory, models and programme evaluations. Literature is selected and critiqued that reflects aspects of empowerment as described by Freire or relating to empowering models that could be generalised and related specifically to vulnerable adolescent programmes. Vulnerable adolescents within the context of this paper have been identified as those experiencing social, economic, cultural or physical disadvantage.

Findings – The findings document that empowerment programmes do not fully integrate the theory or pedagogy of empowerment as described by Freire. In most cases the goals of empowerment programmes, when stated, do not reflect the transformative or social action aspects of empowerment theory. Nevertheless there are sufficient examples of successful empowerment programmes with marginalised populations to warrant more rigorous application and evaluation of empowerment theory with this population in a variety of social settings. The relationship between the facilitator and participants and the development of critical consciousness are two vital aspects of empowerment theory that are unexplored and need further study.

Research limitations/implications – Many empowerment programmes for vulnerable adolescents in resource-poor countries have not been evaluated or have not been published. Lack of consistency in the use of terminology and evaluation also makes it difficult to compare studies.

Originality/value – This paper proposes a model of empowerment that could be effective in addressing the health needs of marginalised adolescents and is based on theory and field experiences.



Fulltext Options:

Login

Login

Existing customers: login
to access this document

Login


- Forgot password?
- Athens/Institutional login

Purchase

Purchase

Downloadable; Printable; Owned
HTML, PDF (95kb)Purchase

To purchase this item please login or register.

Login


- Forgot password?

Recommend to your librarian

Complete and print this form to request this document from your librarian


Marked list


Bookmark & share

Reprints & permissions