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Youth Development Study

The following presents the full list of publications from the Belfast Youth Development Study. 

PEER REVIEWED PAPERS:

Higgins K, Perra, O, Jordan JA, O’Neill T McCann, M (2020) School bonding and ethos in trajectories of offending: Results from the Belfast Youth Development Study. British Journal of Educational Psychology. (doi: 10.1111/bjep.12303) (PMID:32065389) (Early Online Publication)

Higgins, K., O Neill, N., O Hara, L., Jordan J-A., Mc Cann, M., Clarke, M., O Neill, F. and Campbell, A. (201) Variations and Determinants of Novel Psycho active substances (NPS) Implications for Policy and Practice NIHR: Public Health Research Programme, Public Health Research, 7 (14).

McCann, M., Moore, L., Higgins, K. and Jordan, J-A. (2019) ‘Longitudinal social network analysis of peer, family and school contextual influences on adolescent drinking frequency’. Journal of Adolescent Health, 65(3): pp 350-358.

Honman L, Perra, O Higgins K O Neill F (2019) The longitudinal relationship of alcohol problems and depressive symptoms and the impact of externalising symptoms: findings from the Belfast Youth Developmental Study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 22.03.2019, p. 1-11

Higgins, K, McLaughlin, A Perra, O, McCann, M (2018) The Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS): a prospective cohort study of the initiation, persistence and desistance of substance use from adolescence to adulthood in Northern Ireland.  PLoS ONE, Vol. 13, No. 5, e0195192, 23.05.201

McCann, M., Perra, O., McLaughlin, A., McCartan, C. and Higgins, K. (2016) Assessing elements of a family approach to reduce adolescent drinking frequency: parent-adolescent relationship, knowledge management, and keeping secrets.  Addiction, Volume 111, Issue 5, pp 761–952.

Moriarty, J. and Higgins, K. (2015) Effects of peer network interactions on adolescent cannabis use. Journal of Criminal Psychology 2, (5) 75-91.

O'Neill, T., McLaughlin, A., Higgins, K., McCartan, C., Murphy, S & Gossrau-Breen, D. (2015). Adolescent alcohol use and school disengagement: Investigating alcohol use patterns in adolescence and pathways to being NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). Alcohol Research UK

McCann, M., Higgins, K., Perra, O., McCartan, C & McLaughlin, A. (2014). Adolescent ecstasy use and depression: cause and effect, or two outcomes of home environment. The European Journal of Public Health, published online 1st June 2014, doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cku062.

Perra, O., Fletcher, A., Bonell, C., Higgins, K. & McCrystal, P. (2012). Educational determinants of smoking, drinking and drug use: evidence from the Belfast Youth Development Study. Journal of Adolescence, 35(2), 315-324. 

Higgins, K. and Kilpatrick, R. (2005).  The impact of paramilitary violence against a heroin-user community in Northern Ireland: A qualitative analysis. International Journal of Drug Policy, 16, 334-342.

Higgins, K., Percy, A. & McCrystal, P. (2004).  Secular trends in substance use: The conflict and young people in Northern Ireland. Journal of Social Issues, 60,3, 485-506.

McCrystal, P & Percy, A. (2009). A profile of adolescent cocaine use in Northern Ireland.  International Journal of Drug Policy20: 357-364.

McCrystal, P. (2008).  Drug taking prevention for young people with Severe Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties attending special education provision.  Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 13 (4): 305-314.   

McCrystal, P. & Winning, K. (2009). Cannabis Reclassification: What is the message to the next generation of cannabis users?  Child Care in Practice15 (1): 57-73.

McCrystal, P (2008).  Researching Children and Young People Living in Residential State Care: Hurdles on the Path to Consent.  Research Ethics Review4, 3, 89-94.

McCrystal, P., Percy, A. & Higgins, K., (2008) Substance Use Among Young People Living in Residential State Care.  Child Care in Practice14,2, 181-192.

McCrystal, P., Percy, A., & Higgins, K. (2006). School Exclusion Drug Use and Antisocial Behaviour at 15/16 years: Implications for Youth TransitionsVulnerable Children and Youth Studies 2,3, 181-190

McCrystal, P., Percy, A., & Higgins, K., (2007).  Frequent Cannabis Use Among14/15 Year Olds in Northern Ireland.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence 88, 19-27.

McCrystal, P., Percy, A. & Higgins, K. (2007). Substance use behaviours of young people with a moderate learning disability: A Longitudinal Analysis.   American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 33, 1, 155-161

McCrystal, P., Percy, A. & Higgins, K (2007).  Exclusion and Marginalisation: The Experience of School Exclusion on Drug Use and Antisocial Behaviour.  Journal of Youth Studies10 (1), 37-56.

McCrystal, P., Percy, A. & Higgins, K.,(2007). The Cost of Drug Use in Adolescence: Young People, Money and Substance Abuse. Drugs: Education Policy and Prevention 14,1 19-28

McCrystal, P., Percy, A. & Higgins, K. (2007). Drug Use amongst young people attending emotional and behavioural difficulty units during adolescence: A longitudinal analysis Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 12 (1), 49-68. 

McCrystal, P., Percy, A., & Higgins, K. (2007).  The Belfast Youth Development Study 2005: Technical Report to the Research and Development Office on 2005 sweep.  Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queens University.

McCrystal, P., Percy, A., & Higgins, K (2006).  Drug Use Patterns and Behaviours of Young People at an Increased Risk of Drug Abuse during Adolescence.  International Journal of Drug Policy 17, 393-401.

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K., & Percy, A. (2006). School Exclusion Drug Use and Delinquency in Adolescence.  Journal of Adolescence, 29, 829-836.

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K., Percy, A., & Thornton, M.  (2005)  Adolescent Substance Abuse Among Young People Excluded from School in Belfast. Drugs: Education Policy and Prevention, 12, 101-113.

McCrystal, P., Percy, A. & Higgins, K. (2005).  Substance Abuse among 12 and 13-year old young people in Belfast at a High Risk of developing problem drug use, Child care in Practice, 11 (3): 313-322.

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K., Percy, A.  (2005).  Drug use amongst 12 and 13 year olds attending emotional and behavioral difficulty units in Belfast.  Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties 10 (3), 203-218.

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K. & Percy, A. (2004).  The Youth Development study: Research Update for Schools.  Issue 4 Autumn 2004.  Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queens University.

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K., & Percy, A. (2004). The Belfast Youth Development Study 2004: Technical Report to the Research and Development Office.  Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queens University. 

McCrystal, P. (2004).  Social Exclusion – A Holistic Approach to understanding adolescent drug use.  Radical Statistics, 85, 13-29.

McCrystal, P. & Thornton, M.  (2004).  Drug and Alcohol Knowledge and Use Amongst Primary School Children: Empirical Evidence and Methodological Issues in the Development of Instruments for Measuring Use of and Attitudes to Drugs and Alcohol in Primary School Children.  Belfast: Drug and Alcohol Information and Research Unit, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K., Percy, A. & Thornton, M. (2003)  ‘Emerging patterns in adolescent drug use in Northern Ireland: The Belfast Youth Development Study’. Child Care in Practice9, 1, 73-83.

Percy, A., Thornton, M. & McCrystal, P. (2008)The extent and nature of family alcohol and drug use: findings from the Belfast Youth Development Study.  Child Abuse Review, 17: 371-386. 

Percy, A., McCrystal, P Higgins, K. (2008). Confirmatory factor analysis of the self-report Strengths and Difficulties QuestionnaireEuropean Journal of Psychological Assessment, 24, 1, 43-48.

Percy, A., McAllister, S., Higgins, K., McCrystal, P., & Thornton, M.  (2004).  Response consistency in young adolescents’ drug use self-reports: a recanting rate analysis.  Addiction, 100, 189-196.

 

REPORTS:

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K., Percy, A. & Thornton, M. (2003). The Belfast Youth Development Study 2002: Technical report to the Research and Development Office. Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queen's University. 

McCrystal, P. & McKiernan, E. (2003). Special Education Needs and Adolescent Drug Taking Behaviour. Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queen's University Belfast, Occasional Paper No.7. 

McCrystal, P. & Cunningham, G. (2003). Social exclusion in adolescence: identifying the issues and the consequences. Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queen's University Belfast, Occasional Paper No. 6. 

Percy, A., Higgins, K. & McCrystal, P.  (2003). Belfast Youth Development Study: Technical Report to the Research and Development Office on the 2001 sweep.  Report to funder. 

Percy, A., Higgins, K. & McCrystal, P. (2003).  The Youth Development study: Research Update for Schools.  Issue 3 Autumn 2003.  Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queens University.

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K., Percy, A. & Thorton, M. (2002). The Youth Development Study: Research Update for Schools. Issue 2 Autumn 2002. Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queen's University Belfast. 

McCrystal, P., Higgins, K., Percy, A. & Thornton, M. (2002). The Belfast Youth Development Study: The High Risk Booster Sample. Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queen's University Belfast. Occasional paper No. 5.  

McCrystal, P. (2002). Social exclusion: young people and adolescent drug taking behaviours. Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queen's University Belfast, Occassional Paper No.1. 

Percy, A., Higgins, K. & McCrystal, P. (2001). The Youth Development study: Research Update for Schools.  Issue 1 Autumn 2001.  Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queens University.

Percy, A., Higgins, K. & McCrystal, P. (2001). The Belfast Youth Development Study 2001: Technical Report to the Research and Development Office.  Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research, Queens University.