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New study on young people’s health and self-image

Youth sociology researcher at the University of Newcastle, Dr Julia Coffey, is currently recruiting young people aged 18 to 30 to examine health and self image in relation to study and employment.

A member of UON’s Newcastle Youth Studies Group, Dr Coffey will look at young people’s health and self-image, and what influences this over the period of ‘transition’ from education into employment.

Volunteers will be asked about their experiences of health and self-image, and what they think about the importance of the body’s appearance in society. This will occur over one conversation-style interview that can be planned to suit the participant’s availability.

Because the study is interested in understanding how perspectives and experiences of health can change over time, participants are invited to bring a photograph of themselves from three-to-five years ago. This aspect of the interview is entirely optional. In consenting to take part in the interview participants are not obliged in any way to also bring in a photograph.

Individuals can be de-identified to protect anonymity. However, if you give Dr Coffey permission to use a photograph, you will likely be identifiable.

If you are interested in being involved or would like to know more, please email: Julia.Coffey@newcastle.edu.au.

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