Critical dialogue - changing harmful cultural practices for young people

Our research focused on understanding the communication problems teenagers can experience when transitioning into adulthood. Our research confirmed that many teenagers often feel alienated during the sensitive teenage years and lack the skills and confidence to make important decisions which, for example, may affect their health and wellbeing eg young people often felt they had no choice but to be part of a heavy teen drinking culture to fit in with their peer group – (to be part of a popular set).

To effect positive change, a model of critical dialogue was developed in collaboration with young people in both Scotland and Malawi. The model develops peer support and builds confidence and solidarity, to ensure that young people are better equipped to navigate difficult issues together.

Critical Dialogue in action in Malawi

Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit

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Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit

Kim Stuart Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Unit 0131 474 0000
RKE - Vivian Rutherford Research and Knowledge Exchange Officer 0131 474 0000