Schools, learning and mental health

Young people’s health, wellbeing and educational success, particularly as these relate to their physical activity, mental wellbeing, leisure lives and relationships with friends and family, continue to be of interest to national and international policy makers and practitioners.

Emerging trends suggest that young people’s health and wellbeing may be worsening and this is particularly the case in some social groups.

Researching Norwegian young people’s everyday lives has the potential to provide insights that can help policymakers and practitioners better understand how institutions, such as schools and the family, and settings, such as local communities, can shape young people’s lives and identities in particular ways.

The main goal of this proposal is to consolidate and expand the research group in ways that improve the breadth and quality of its research in this arena and, in particular, the effectiveness of translating its findings into policy and practice.

Research outcomes of strategic importance to HINN relate to the generation of external funding, publications in peer reviewed journals, and the rising profile and associated recognition of the research group in the national and international arenas, including its potential to have an impact on policy and practice at a national level.

The aim is to create opportunities for internal HUAC staff, PhD stipendiats and Masters students to work productively with external collaborators.