Caroline Sharp, Maha Shuayb, Michelle Judkins, Monica Hetherington
01 February 2008
This small-scale study explored young people’s views of community cohesion by working with two schools and local authorities in England.
- The majority of the young people who took part were unfamiliar with the term ‘community cohesion’.
- Young people’s definitions of ‘community’ were narrow and mainly restricted to their group of friends, but the themes of participation and communication were central to their discussions.
- The study found that young people were able to participate meaningfully in discussions aimed to improve cohesion in their schools and local communities.