Department of Psychology

Engaging young people in health research: Exploring innovative research designs to explore social challenges faced by young people with pain related health conditions.

Wed Apr 19 09:23:00 BST 2017

Symposium dates: 19-20 April 2017
Time: 09.30-16.00
Venue: 10 West 2.47, University of Bath

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Pain is a common experience in young people who experience chronic illness, and a burden for many of these young people. Young people who experience ongoing pain report poor outcomes in terms of psychological, physical, social and peer-related functioning. Whilst the impact of pain on normative adolescent development is assumed, little is known about the exact social challenges that these young people experience. Moreover, the limited work in this area has typically focused on use of more traditional methods of interviews and questionnaires to explore this area. To develop knowledge in this important area, it is necessary that the chosen research designs match both the communication mediums and styles of young people.

About the symposium

The purpose of the symposium, kindly funded by the British Psychological Society, is to discuss more creative and/or online research methods to better engage with young people in a research context.

The symposium comprises of 3 seminar days spread across two locations:

  • 3 March 2017 (University of Stirling)
  • 19-20 April 2017 (University of Bath)

Each seminar day will bring together researchers, clinicians and young people with an interest in social challenges faced by adolescents with pain related health conditions and/or expertise in using creative assessment techniques to evaluate the use of creative research designs in the context of paediatric health.

Each seminar day will have a different focus and will feature keynote presentations by renowned experts in the field as well as interactive discussions.

At the University of Bath

The two-day seminar held at the University of Bath is titled ' Exploring research methodologies: Identifying creative ways to conduct research with young people with pain related health conditions.' and will focus on:

  • Day 1: Exploring a range of face-to-face methods for studying young people with pain related health conditions.
  • Day 2: Use of online methods: Thinking more creatively about conducting research with young people with chronic pain related health conditions.

Attendees are welcome to attend either or both days of the symposium at The University of Bath. Please indicate your preference on the registration form.


  • Professor Christopher Eccleston, University of Bath
  • Professor Lucy Yardley, University of Southampton
  • Dr Caroline Flurey, University of the West of England
  • Dr Melanie Noel, University of Calgary
  • Dr Siobhan O'Higgins, NUI Galway
  • Professor Karen Rodham, Staffordshire University
  • Professor Julie Barnett, University of Bath
  • Dr Yvette Morey, University of the West of England

To stimulate discussion, the afternoon sessions will be interactive and host a World Café style discussion. This world Café discussion will stimulate informal, critically evaluation of how the presented techniques can be applied in research evaluating the social challenges faced by adolescents with chronic pain related health conditions.

The event is hosted by Dr Abbie Jordan (University of Bath) and Dr Line Caes (University of Stirling).

Further information

For further information please contact Dr Abbie Jordan,, 01225 38 6982