An Educational Resource about Teenage Men and Unintended Pregnancy
The If I were Jack educational resource is being 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 current phase of the project will run for 12 months, beginning in April 2012 and is 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.