Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

Ana Belén Cano Hila, Marta Sabariego Puig and Antoni Ruiz Bueno (2018) Youth participation in Spanish urban periphery: its concept, spheres and conditioning factors


This article examines the community participation among 297 young people (from 12 to 16 years) from disadvantaged urban contexts. Our goal is to provide some reflections to review the model of youth participation in these communities from a bio-ecological framework, and a mesosystem perspective. Thus, our analysis focuses on the interactions between young people and their families with schools and the neighbourhood, to highlight the concept, spheres and conditioning (risk and protective) factors of youth participation.

For this purpose, a mixed method with a triangulation design was carried out, combining complementary techniques: a study survey with 297 youngsters and 3 focus groups. The main conclusions that arise from our results are: i) the need to promote policy of presence and more experiential, meaningful, functional initiatives based on the commitment to social improvement through community participation; ii) the need to emphasize neighbourhoods and schools as contexts and actors for community action and the promotion of citizen participation among youth; and, iii) to rethink online participation facing the challenge of bringing critical awareness and democratic and civic values to youth digital competences.


Keywords: Youth participation; civic engagement; outskirts, school; mix methods.

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IARS Publications is a not for profit independent, small publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and it is also the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  


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