'What matters to someone who matters to me': Using media campaigns with young people to prevent interpersonal violence and abuse

Stanley, Nicky orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7644-1625, Ellis, Jane, Farrelly, Nicola orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9006-335X, Hollinghurst, S, Bailey, S and Downe, Soo orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2848-2550 (2016) 'What matters to someone who matters to me': Using media campaigns with young people to prevent interpersonal violence and abuse. Health Expectations . ISSN 1369-6513

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Background: While media campaigns are increasingly advocated as a strategy for pre- venting interpersonal violence and abuse, there is little evidence available regarding their effectiveness.
Setting and design: Consultation with experts and young people was used as part of a UK scoping review to capture current thinking and practice on the use of media cam- paigns to address interpersonal violence and abuse among young people. Three focus groups and 16 interviews were undertaken with UK and international experts, and three focus groups were held with young people.
Main results: Participants argued that, although campaigns initially needed to target whole populations of young people, subsequently, messages should be “granulated” for subgroups including young people already exposed to interpersonal violence and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. It was suggested that boys, as the most likely perpetrators of interpersonal violence and abuse, should be the primary target for campaigns. Young people and experts emphasized that drama and narrative could be used to evoke an emotional response that assisted learning. Authenticity emerged as important for young people and could be achieved by delivering messages through familiar characters and relevant stories. Involving young people themselves in creating and delivering campaigns strengthened authenticity.
Conclusions: Practice is developing rapidly, and robust research is required to identify the key conditions for effective campaigns in this field. The emotional impact of cam- paigns in this field appears to be as important as the transmission of learning.

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