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Research Launch: Growing up on an Interface: Findings and Implications for the Social Needs, Mental Health and Lifetime Opportunities of Belfast Youth - Dr Brendan Browne

Dr Brendan Browne, in partnership with colleagues at Queen's University Belfast) and the University of Notre Dame (USA) has recently published findings from a National Institute of Healths/OfMDfM sponsored research project, entitled: 'Growing up on an Interface: Findings and Implications for the Social Needs, Mental Health and Lifetime Opportunities of Belfast Youth'.

The research examined what types of risk (if any) affected young people growing up in places of high religious segregation, also known as interface communities. The research emphasised that growing up during Northern Ireland's transition away from violence remains a challenging prospect for many of the city's most marginalised young people. However, rather than being linked primarily to inter-community conflict and the subsequent associated risks, children and young people experience risk in myriad ways, including (but not limited to) exposure to increased levels of drug/alcohol and substance abuse, conflict within the home, transgenerational risk, etc.

The full report can be found here.

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