An Educational Resource about Teenage Men and Unintended Pregnancy
The If I were Jack educational resource has been developed by a research team led by Dr Maria Lohan at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). The resource is designed to increase young people's intention to avoid an unintended pregnancy. The development of the resource was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Irish Health Service Executive’s Crisis Pregnancy Programme and the Health and Social Care Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland.
Please visit the If I were Jack Website at www.qub.ac.uk/IfIWereJack for more information.
If I Were Jack and Research Impact
If I were Jack is a good example of the type of impact that research undertaken at the School of Nursing and Midwifery can have on the community because it engages with the needs of both policy makers and end users.
In relation to policy makers, the significant benefit has been working collaboratively with the Department of Health, the Public Health Agency and the Curriculum Authority of Northern Ireland to deliver on key government policy targets of the Sexual Health Strategy for Northern Ireland as well as delivering high quality, evidenced based relationship and sexuality education. More information about the project partners is available on the If I Were Jack website.
In relation to end users, the development of If I were Jack means that teachers and pupils now have access to an exciting evidenced-based resource, using an interactive movie made by Queens University, which can bring home the message to young boys, as well as young girls, of the need to avoid an unintended pregnancy during adolescence.
Members of the If I Were Jack project team at the second stakeholders' meeting in September 2012
Left to Right: Peter O'Halloran (Research Team, QUB); Kathryn Gilbert (Project Partner, CCEA); Bernadette Cullen (Project Partner, PHA); Orla McGowan (Project Partner, HSE CCP); Joanna Gregg (Project Partner, BHSCT); Carmel Kelly (Research Team, QUB); Maria Lohan (Research Team, QUB); Aine Aventin (Research Team, QUB); Naresh Chada (Project Partner, DHSSPS)
Is the impact of If I Were Jack confined to Northern Ireland?
The impact of If I Were Jack is not confined to Northern Ireland because this ESRC funded research project brought together key policy makers and educational specialists from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to produce an educational resource which could be delivered in both jurisdictions.
In addition, the QUB research team has worked collaboratively with a leading research team based at Flinders University in Australia to pilot a very similar resource in all state schools in South Australia. Furthermore, the QUB research team is currently working with researchers at the University of British Columbia to develop a similar resource for delivery in British Columbia, Canada.
Addressing unintended teenage pregnancy is a world health policy priority and this creative resource is one of the first to address men's roles in preventing unintended teenage pregnancy.
See the full list of supporting publications on the publications page.