Journal Articles 2017

Connolly, N & Devaney, C (2017) Parenting Support: Policy and Practice in the Irish Context, Child Care in Practice, DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2016.1264365 

Devaney, C,Dolan, P (2017) 'Voice and meaning: the wisdom of Family Support veterans'Child & Family Social Work, 22 :10-20.

Lisa Moran, Sheila Garrity, Caroline McGregor & Carmel Devaney (2017): Hoping for a better tomorrow: a qualitative study of stressors, informal social support and parental coping in a Direct Provision centre in the West of Ireland, Journal of Family Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13229400.2017.1279562

Millar, M., and Crosse, R. (2017) Lone Parent Activation in Ireland: Putting the Cart before the Horses?. Social Policy & Administration, DOI: 10.1111/spol.12296

Journal Articles 2016

Brady, B, Canavan, J, Redmond, S (2016) 'Bridging the gap: Using Veerman and Van Yperen's (2007) framework to conceptualise and develop evidence informed practice in an Irish youth work organisation'. Evaluation and program planning, 55 :128-133 [DOI] [ARAN Link][Details]

Brady, B., Moran, L., Forkan, C. (2016) 'We are all like family here’: Qualitative insights on the role of youth cafes in supporting the health and well-being of young people'. Children's Research Digest, 3 (1):57-61 [Details]

Browne, M; Millar,M  '“A Rights-Based Conceptual Framework for the Social Inclusion of Children and Young Persons with an Intellectual Disability”'. Disability & Society, . forthcoming

Cassidy, A., Devaney, C., McGregor, C. and Landy,F. (2016) ‘Interfacing informal and formal help systems:  Historical pathways to the Meitheal model’,  Administration. Volume 64, Issue 2, Pages 137–155, ISSN (Online) 2449-9471, DOI: 10.1515/admin-2016-0019

Crosse, R; Millar, M (2016) 'Lone Parent Labour Market Activation and Child Well-being: A review of the evidence'. ChildLinks, 2016 (1) [Details]

Kelly. M., Millar M. and Dowling M. (2016) 'Understanding the Key Tenets of Heidegger’s Philosophy for Interpretive Phenomenological Research'. International Journal Of Qualitative Methods, 15 (1):1-8 [DOI] [Details]

Rodriguez L., Groarke A., Dolan P & MacNeela P. (2016). From cared to carers: Adolescent transition at a time of maternal cancer. Children's Research Digest, 3 (2), 77-82

Journal Articles 2015

Máire Hanniffy and Michelle Millar (2015) 'Stimulating young children’s narratives - seeking children’s perceptions of school readiness'. Children’s Research Digest, 2 (1):46-50. 

B. Smyth, M. Shannon & P. Dolan (2015) Transcending borders: Social support and resilience, the case of separated children, Transnational Social Review, 5:3,274-295, DOI: 10.1080/21931674.2015.1074430

Devaney, C., Kearns,N., Fives, A., Canavan, J.,Lyons, R. & Pat Eaton (2015) Recruiting and Retaining Older Adult Volunteers: Implications for Practice, Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, 27:4, 331-350, DOI:10.1080/10495142.2015.1015373

O'Malley, S. & Devaney, C. (2015): Maintaining the mother–child relationship within the Irish prison system: the practitioner perspective, Child Care in Practice, DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2015.1054786

Hanniffy, M. and Millar, M. (2015) 'Stimulating Young Children's Narratives - Seeking Children's Perceptions of School Readiness', Children's Research Digest, 2(1), pp. 46-50.

Devaney, C. & Byrne, P. (2015) 'The Value of Family Welfare Conferencing within the Child Protection and Welfare System', Child Care in Practice. Published online: 20 Apr 2015. DOI:10.1080/13575279.2015.1027173.

Devaney, C. & McGregor, C. (2015) 'A Review of Children First and Keeping Safe Training in Ireland: Implications for the Future', Child Care in Practice. Published online: 23 Apr 2015. DOI:10.1080/13575279.2015.1027175.

Allyn Fives (2015) 'Modeling the interaction of academic self-beliefs, frequency of reading at home, emotional support, and reading achievement: An RCT study of at-risk early readers in 1st grade and 2nd grade'. Reading Psychology.

Allyn Fives (2015): The Association of Attitude to Reading and Reading Achievement Among a Representative Sample of Nine Year Olds in Ireland, Reading. Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/02702711.2014.977983

Brady, B., Dolan, P. and Canavan, J. (2015), ‘He told me to calm down and all that’: a qualitative study of forms of social support in youth mentoring relationships. Child & Family Social Work. doi:10.1111/cfs.12235

Devaney, C. and Dolan, P. (2014) Voice and meaning: the wisdom of Family Support veterans, Child & Family Social Work. DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12200

Cassidy, Anne and McGrath, Brian (2015) 'Farm, place and identity construction among Irish farm youth who migrate'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 37 :20-28.

Kovacic, T., Book Review: Webcam, Understanding the Media, Inside Concentration Camps: Social Life at the Extremes Irish Journal of Sociology November 2015 23149-156,doi:10.7227/IJS.0006

Cassidy, Anne and McGrath, Brian (2015) 'Farm, place and identity construction among Irish farm youth who migrate'. Journal Of Rural Studies, 37 :20-28

Journal Articles 2014

Shaw, A., Brady, B., McGrath, B. Brennan, M. Dolan, P. (2014) 'Understanding youth civic engagement: debates, discourses and lessons from practice'. Community Development, 45 (4):300-316.

Uchechukwu Ogbu, H., Brady, B. & Kinlen, L. (2014'Parenting in Direct Provision: Parents'Perspectives Regarding Stresses and Supports. Child Care In Practice, 20 (3):256-269.

Fives, A,Russell, D,Kearns, N,Lyons, R,Eaton, P,Canavan, J,Devaney, C,O'Brien, A (2014) 'The association between academic self-beliefs and reading achievement among children at risk of reading failure'. Journal of Research in Reading, 37 :215-232.

Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C. (2014) 'The ethics of Randomized Controlled Trials in social settings: Can social trials be scientifically promising and must there be equipoise?'. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 38 (1):56-71.

Trish Walsh and John Canavan (2014) 'Strengths-based Practice in Child Welfare. Editorial'.Child Care In Practice, 20 (1):1-6

Canavan, J., Higgins, K and Coen, L. - Editors (2014) 'Mapping the field in evidence-informed policy and practice: international perspectives. Editorial'. Evidence & Policy, 10 (4):489-495.

Declan Coogan (2014) 'Responding to child-to-parent violence: Innovative practices in child and adolescent mental health'. Health & Social Work, 39 (2):e1-e9.

Declan Coogan (2012) 'Marking the Boundaries - When Troublesome becomes Abusive and Children Cross a Line in Family Violence'. Journal Of The Family Therapy Association Of Ireland, Summer (2012):74-86.

Cassidy, A. and McGrath, B. (2014), The Relationship between ‘Non-successor’ Farm Offspring and the Continuity of the Irish Family Farm. Sociol Ruralis, 54: 399–416. doi:10.1111/soru.12054

McGrath, B,Brennan, MA,Dolan, P,Barnett, R (2014) 'Adolescents and their networks of social support: real connections in real lives?'. Child & Family Social Work, 19 :237-248.

Cassidy, A. and McGrath, B. (2014) ‘The Relationship between ‘Non-successor’ Farm Offspring and the Continuity of the Irish Family Farm’, Sociologia Ruralis.

Brady, B., Dolan, P. and Canavan, J. (2014) 'What added value does peer support bring?: Insights from principals and teachers on the utility and challenges of a school based mentoring programme'. Pastoral Care In Education, 32(4), December 2014.

Devaney, C. (2014) Enhancing Family Support in Practice through Postgraduate Education, Social Work Education, DOI:10.1080/02615479.2014.986090.

Devaney, C. and Dolan, P. (2014) Voice and meaning: the wisdom of Family Support veterans, Child & Family Social Work. DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12200

O’Kelly, A. and Brady, B. (2014) Capturing children’s voices in research in accordance with the UNCRC: A case study of parental separation and divorce. Children’s Research Digest, 1(1), December 2014.

Uchechukwu Ogbu, H., Brady, B. and Kinlen, L. (2014) Parenting in Direct Provision: Parents' Perspectives Regarding Stresses and Supports, Child Care in Practice, DOI:10.1080/13575279.2013.8754622014.

Journal Articles 2013

Brady, B,O'Regan, C (2009) 'Meeting the Challenge of Doing an RCT Evaluation of Youth Mentoring in Ireland: A Journey in Mixed Methods'. Journal Of Mixed Methods Research, 3 :265-280.

Coogan, D. (2009) 'Protection Responsibilities and Hope: Dilemmas when working with families when children assault their parents/carers'. The Irish Social Worker Journal.

McGrath, B. and F. Murray (2009) 'Brazilian migrants in Ireland: Emergent themes from research and practice on the significance of social networks and social capital'. Translocations: Migration & Social Change, 5 :1-20.

Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., & O’Brien, A. (2013) 'A one-to-one programme for at-risk readers delivered by older adult volunteers'.Review of Education, 1 (3).

Brännlund, E., Kovačič, T. and Lounasmaa, A. (2013): ‘Narratives In/Of Translations: A Trialogue on Translating Narratives Cross-Culturally’, Narrative Works: Issues, Investigations & Interventions. 3(2), pp. 72-91.

Kinlen, L. (2013) 'Welcome to Ireland: Seeking Protection as an Asylum Seeker or through Resettlement—Different Avenues, Different Reception’, Refuge, 28 (2), pp. 31-47.

Lyons, R., Fives, A., Kearns, N., Devaney, C., Canavan, J., Eaton, P. (2013) ‘Exploring the utility of the Simple View of Reading in Irish children attending schools in areas designated as socially disadvantaged,’ Journal of Education and Training Studies, 1(1). Available online at:

Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., O’Brien, A. (2013) ‘The role of random allocation in Randomized Controlled Trials: Distinguishing selection bias from baseline imbalance,’ Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, 9(20), 33-42. Available online at:

Fives, A. (2013) ‘Non-coercive promotion of values in civic education for democracy,’ Philosophy and Social Criticism. Available online at:

Fives, A., Kennan, D., Canavan, J. and Brady, B. (2013) Why we Still Need the Term ‘Young Carer’: Findings from an Exploratory Study of Young Carers in Ireland, Critical Social Work, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp.49-61.

Fives, A., Russell, D., Kearns, N., Lyons, R., Eaton, P., Canavan, J., Devaney, C., O’Brien, A. (2013) ‘The Association between Academic Self-beliefs and Reading Achievement for Children Experiencing Delays in Reading', The Journal of Research in Reading (In Press). 

Journal Articles 2012

Brady, B. and Curtin, C. (2012) 'Big Brothers Big Sisters Comes to Ireland: A Case Study in Policy Transfer', Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 34, Issue 8, pp. 1433-1439.

Canavan, J. (2012) 'Family and Family Change in Ireland: An Overview', Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 10-28.

Coen, L. and Kearns, N. (2012) 'Co-Producing Innovation or Innovating Co-Production? Responding to the Contact Needs of Non-Resident Parents in the Republic of Ireland', Child & Family Social Work. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00823.x 

Kennan, D., Fives, A., Canavan, J. (2012) ‘Accessing a Hard to Reach Population: Reflections on Research with Young Carers in Ireland', Child and Family Social Work, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 275-283. Available online at:

McGrath, B., Brennan, M.A., Dolan, P. & Barnett, R. (2012) 'Adolescents and Their Networks of Social Support: Real Connections in Real Lives?', Child & Family Social Work. Published online: 16 OCT 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00899.x

Millar, M., Coen, L., Bradley, C. and Rau, H. (2012) '"Doing the Job as a Parent": Parenting Alone, Work, and Family Policy in Ireland', Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 29-51.

Pursell, L. and Kearns, N. (2012 - in press) 'Impacts of a HIA on Interagency and Intersectoral Partnerships and Community Participation – Lessons from a Local Level HIA in the Republic of Ireland', Health Promotion International.

Journal Articles 2011

Declan Coogan (2011) 'Child to Parent Violence - Challenging Perspectives on Family Violence'. Child Care In Practice Special Issue On Domestic Violence. Vol 17, No 4, 17 (4):347-358.

McGrath, B. & Garrity, S. (2011) 'It's Not Like a Job Now; It's Part of Me: Exploring African Women's Experiences in the Irish Childcare Sector'. Child Care in Practice, 17 (1):69-86.

McGrath, B., & Brennan, M.A. (2011) 'Tradition, cultures and communities: Exploring the potentials of music and the arts for community development in Appalachia'. Community Development, 42 (3):332-350.

Kovacic, T. (2011) Book Review of Inclusion and Exclusion of Young Adult Migrants in Europe. Barriers and Bridges, edited by Fangen, K., Fossan, K., Mohn, F.A. (2010), Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 439-440.

Fives, A. (2011 ) 'Non-coercive Promotion of Values in Civic Education for Democracy', Philosophy and Social Criticism.

Putti, M. and Brady, B. (2011) 'From Tea and Sympathy to Optimal Matching of Need: Developing a Shared Vision for a Community Based Family Support Service', Child Care in Practice, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 271-284.

Journal Articles 2010

Canavan, J. (2010) 'Family Support: Policy, Practice and Research into the Future', Adminstration. Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 15-32.

Devaney, C. and Kearns, N. (2010) (eds.) 'Family Support Services', Administration. Vol. 58, No. 2.

Devaney, C. and Kearns, N. (2010) 'Family Support Now: Reflecting on Contemporary Challenges', Administration. Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 1-14.

Devaney, C. and Smith, M. (2010) 'Family Support and Child Protection: Natural Bedfellows', Practice. Vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 103-114.

Dolan, P. and Holt, S. (2010) 'Great Expectations: The Tension Between what Service Users Need and what Practitioners Can Deliver', Administration, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 99-123.

Fives, A. (2010) 'Reasonableness, Pluralism, and Liberal Moral Doctrines', The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 321-339.

Kovacic, T. (2010) 'Balkanism and the Erased: Nation-state and Identity Building in Slovenia', The South Slav Journal, Vol. 29, No. 111-112, pp. 36-47.

McGrath, B. (2010) 'Social Capital in Community, Family and Work Lives of Brazilian Migrant Parents in Ireland', Community, Work & Family, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 1-20.

Moran, M. and Brady, B. (2010) 'Improving Self-efficacy?: Reflections on the Use of Life Coaching Techniques among Family Support Service Users', Practice, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 269-280.

Journal Articles 2009

Brady, B. and Dolan, P. (2009) 'Youth Mentoring as a Tool for Community and Civic Engagement: Reflections on Findings of an Irish Research Study', Community Development, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 359-366.

Brady, B. and O'Regan, C. (2009) 'Meeting the Challenge of Doing an RCT Evaluation of Youth Mentoring in Ireland', Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 265-280.

Byrne, A., Canavan, J. and Millar, M. (2009) 'Participatory Research and the Voice-Centred Relational Method of Data Analysis: It is Worth It?', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 67-77.

Canavan, J., Coen, L., Dolan, P. and White, L. (2009) 'Privileging Practice: Facing the Challenge of Integrated Working for Outcomes for Children', Children & Society, Vol. 23, No. 5, pp. 377-388.

Canavan, J., Gillen, A. and Shaw, A. (2009) 'Measuring Research Impact: Developing Practical and Cost-Effective Approaches', Evidence & Policy, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 167-178.

Fives, A. (2009) 'Reasonable, Agonistic, or Good? The Character of a Democrat', Philosophy & Social Criticism, Vol. 35, No. 8, pp. 961-983.

McGrath, B. (2009) 'School Disengagement and ‘Structural Options’: Narrative Illustrations on an Analytical Approach, YOUNG', Nordic Journal of Youth Research, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 81-101.

McGrath, B., Brennan, M.A., Dolan, P. and Barnett, R. (2009) 'Adolescent Well-being and Supporting Contexts: A Comparison of Adolescents in Ireland and Florida', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 299-320.

Nic Gabhainn, S., Dolan, P., Canavan, J. and O’Higgins, S. (2009) 'Current Practice in Meeting Child Health Needs in Family Support Services: Variation by Service Type and Perspectives on Future Developments', Child Care in Practice, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 109-125.

Sweeney, J. and Keenaghan, C. (2009) 'Impacts of Professional Choices: Promoting Resilience in Children in Court-related Child Assessments through the Practices of Empowerment and Enlightenment', Irish Journal of Family Law, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 51-59.

Journal Articles 2008

Dolan, P., Canavan, J. (2008) 'Building Resilience in Children, Families and Communities'. Child Care in Practice: Special Edition, 14 (1):1-103.

Canavan, J. (2008) 'Resilience: Cautiously Welcoming a Contested Concept', Child Care in Practice, Vol. 14, No.1, pp. 1-7.

Dolan, P. (2008) 'Prospective Possibilities for Building Resilience in Children, their Families and Communities', Child Care in Practice, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 83-91.

Dolan, P. (2008) 'Social Support, Social Justice, and Social Capital: A Tentative Theoretical Triad for Community Development', Community Development, Vol 39, No. 1, pp. 112- 119.

Dolan, P., Canavan, J. and Brady, B. (2008) 'Youth Mentoring and the Parent-Young Person Relationship: Considerations for Research and Practice', Youth & Policy, No. 99, pp. 33-42.

Fives, A. (2008) 'Human Flourishing: The Grounds of Moral Judgement', The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 167-185.

Forkan, C. (2008) 'Building the Perceived Social Support of Adolescents via the Classroom', Irish Learning Support Association (LEARN), Vol. 30, pp. 35-45.

Houston, S. and Dolan, P. (2008) 'Conceptualising Child and Family Support: the Contribution of Honneth's Critical Theory of Recognition', Children and Society, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 458-469.

Kearns, N. and Donoghue, F. (2008)' A Portrayal of Organisational Communications from the Perspective of Staff Working in a Former Irish Health Board – Implications for Managing Change', Administration, Vol. 56, No. 2, pp. 61-87.

Journal Articles 2007

Brady, B. (2007) 'Developing Children's Participation: Lessons from a Participatory IT Project', Children and Society, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 31-41.

Brady, B. and Dolan, P. (2007) 'Exploring Good Practice in Irish Child and Family Services: Reflections and Considerations', Practice, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 5-18.

Brady, B. and Dolan, P. (2007) 'Youth Mentoring in Ireland: Weighing up the Benefits and Challenges', Youth Studies Ireland, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 27-34.

Pinkerton J. and Dolan, P. (2007) 'Family Support, Social Capital, Resilience and Adolescent Coping', Child and Family Social Work, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 219-228.

Journal Articles 2006

Devaney, C. and Forde, S. (2006) 'Postvention: A Community-based Family Support Initiative and Model of Responding to Tragic Events, Including Suicide', Child Care in Practice, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 53-61.

Dolan, P., Canavan, J. and Brady, B. (2006) 'Connecting with Practice in the Changing Landscape of Family Support Training', Child Care in Practice, Vol.12, No.1, pp. 43-51.

Fives, A. (2006) 'Aristotle’s Ethics and Contemporary Political Theory', 21st Century Society, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 201-220.

Forkan, C. (2006) 'Traveller Children and Education: Progress and Problems', Youth Studies Ireland, Vol. 1, No.1. pp. 77-92.

Merriman, B. and Guerin, S. (2006) 'Issues in the Assessment of Anger in a Clinical Setting', Irish Psychologist, Vol. 33, Issues 5-6, pp. 123-125.

Merriman, B. and Guerin, S. (2006) 'Using Children's Drawings as Data in Child-centred Research', Irish Journal of Psychology, Vol. 27, Issues 1-2, pp. 48-57.