Utilizing Youth Media Practice to Influence Change: A Pretest–Posttest Study

Chitat Chan*, Michael J. Holosko

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Purpose: Youth media practice (YMP) refers to various activities through which young people are empowered to express their views and develop critical reflectiveness via media productions. There is scant empirical research about YMP’s effectiveness. This study developed and field-tested an information and communication technology (ICT)–based YMP.

    Method: By using “My National/Ethnic Identity” as a heuristic production theme, a pilot study was conducted in Hong Kong in 2018. Participants shared and discussed photos online and conducted face-to-face presentations. The program was evaluated using a one-group pretest–posttest design. Participants included (N = 20) Hong Kong Chinese students aged 18–24.

    Results: Participants’ need for cognitive closure decreased, self-esteem increased, and their essentialist views on ethnic identity decreased.

    Discussion: This study demonstrates that YMP has potential to be a change-making strategy for future social work practice, and proper use of ICT can create space and opportunities for such reflective conversations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)110-121
    Number of pages12
    JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
    Issue number1
    Early online date21 Mar 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

    User-Defined Keywords

    • youth
    • population
    • program evaluation
    • outcome study
    • adolescents
    • technology
    • social media
    • media practice
    • digital storytelling


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