Academic Outputs


Fives, A. (2013) Political Reason: Morality and the Public Sphere. Harmondsworth: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dolan, P. and Brady, B. (2012) A Guide to Youth Mentoring; Providing Effective Social Support. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Devaney, C. (2011) Family Support as an Approach to Working with Children and Families. An Explorative Study of Past and Present Perspectives among Pioneers and Practitioners. Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

Forkan, C. (2011) Evidence-Based Practice in Youth and Family Interventions: Building Evidence on How to Support Adolescents through a Comparative Tracking of their Perceived Social Support Outcomes. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.

Fives, A. (2008) Political and Philosophical Debates in Welfare. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dolan, P., Pinkerton J. and Canavan, J. (eds.) (2006) Family Support as Reflective Practice. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Book Chapters

Byrne, A. and Kovačič, T. (2014) “Those Letters Keep Me Going”: tracing resilience processes in US soldier to sweet heart war correspondences, 1942-1945, in Reid, H. and West, L. (editors) Constructing narratives of continuity and change: a transdiciplinary approach to researching learning lives.

Forkan, C. (2012) 'Community-Based Youth and Family Interventions: Moving from Evidence-Informed to Evidence-Based Practice', in Jackson, A. & O'Doherty, C. (eds.) Community Development in Ireland: Theory, Policy & Practice. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.

Frost, N. and Dolan, P. (2012) 'The Theoretical Foundations of Family Support Work', in Davies, M. (ed.) Social Work with Children and Families, England: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 40-49.

Dolan, P. (2011) 'Travelling through Social Support and Youth Civic Action on a Journey towards Resilience', in. Ungar, M. (ed.) Social Ecology of Resilience, New York: Springer.

Dolan, P. Gundara, J. and King, L. (2011) 'The Role of Research for the Promotion of Rights and Values in Education: A Commemorative Paper - 60 Years into Human Rights Education', in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (ed.) Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Education, Paris, France: UNESCO, pp. 11-27.

Dolan, P. (2010) 'Children’s Rights in Ireland: A Current Perspective on Implementation, from a Past Lens with a View to the Future', in O'Connell. D. (ed.) The Irish Human Rights Law Review, Dublin: Clarus Press, pp. 177-191.

Dolan P. (2010) 'Youth Civic Engagement and Support: Promoting Wellbeing with the Assistance of a UNESCO Agenda', in McAuley, C. and Rose, W. (eds.) Child Well-Being; Understanding Children’s Lives, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp.111-126.

Rhodes, J. and Dolan, P. (2009) 'Public Policy and Relationships', in Reis, H.T. and Sprecher, S. (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Human Relationships, Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Chapter 4.

Dolan, P. (2006) 'Assessment, Intervention and Self Appraisal Tools for Family Support' in Dolan, P., Pinkerton, J. and Canavan, J. (eds.) Family Support as Reflective Practice, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 196-213.

Dolan, P. and McGrath, B. (2006) 'Enhancing Support for Young People in Need: Reflections on Informal and Formal Sources of Helping', in Dolan, P., Pinkerton, J. and Canavan, J. (eds.) Family Support as Reflective Practice, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 149-164.

Forkan, C. (2005) 'Enabling Young People through Consultation', in McElwee, C.N. and Share, P. Applied Social Care. An Introduction for Irish Students, Dublin: Gill & McMillan.

Journal Articles 2015

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
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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
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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.

Journal Articles 2014

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

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

Fives, A. (2011 - in press) '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

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.

Other Publications

Kovačič, T. (forthcoming) Book Review: Inside Concentration Camps: Social Life at Extremes. The Irish Journal of Sociology.

Devaney, C. (2013) Longitudinal Study of Children who leave Care (SCOPING STUDY UNDERTAKEN AS PART OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR RESEARCH AND DATA ON CHILDREN’S LIVES, 2011-2016). Dublin: Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Dolan, P. (2012) 'Foreword', in Williams, A. (ed.) Compendium of Inspiring Practices: Early Intervention and Prevention in Family and Parenting Support. Brussels, Belgium: Eurochild.

Dolan, P. & Brady, B. (2012) 'Child and Youth Mentoring - New Models with New Opportunities' ('Il Mentoring Con Bambini e ragazzi - Nuovi Modelli e Nuove Opportunitá'), in Banal, S. & Tanzi, R. (eds.) Atti del Convegno, La tutela dei Minori. Riva del Garda: Erickson.

Kearns, N. and Devaney, C. (2012) An Exploratory Study of Volunteering Amongst Older Adults on an Intergenerational Reading Programme – The Wizards of Words (submitted to Critical Public Health in March 2012 based on an invitation to submit a paper to the forthcoming Special Edition on Health Assets).

Kovacic, T. (2011) Review of a book 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.

Robins, L. & Kinlen, L. (2011) Interculturalism and the Lifecourse - A discussion paper. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

Brady, B. (2010) Review of a book A Universal Child?, edited by Roger Smith (2009), Child & Family Social Work. Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 381-382.

Brumovská, T. (2010) Mentors as Mediators and Significant Adults: Roles, Approach Styles and Dilemmas of Mentors in Swedish and Czech Mentoring Interventions, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrucken, Germany (Published master thesis).

Featherstone B. and Dolan, P. (2010) Family Support, Highlight no 255, London: National Children’s Bureau.

Kearns, N. and Pursell, L. (2010) Time for a Paradigm Change? Tracing the Institutionalisation of Health Impact Assessment in the Republic of Ireland across Health and Environmental Sectors. Health Policy (doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.07.004) (Corrected Proof, published online 27th August 2010).

Kennan, D. and Dolan, P. (2010) ‘Inclusive Education for the Marginalised’ Sangsaeng (A Publication by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the Auspices of UNESCO). No. 29, Winter 2010.

Kovacic, T. (2010) A Book Review of Yugoslavia: Oblique Insights and Observations, published by Dennison I. Rusinow (2008), Southeastern Europe, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 140-142.

Fives, A. (2009) Review of Applied Ethics and Social Problems by Tony Fitzpatrick (2008), Social Policy and Administration, Vol. 43, No. 5, pp. 526-528.

Fives, A. (2009) Review of Morals, Rights and Practice in the Human Services by Marie Connolly & Tony Ward (2008) Critical Social Policy, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 158-159.

Kearns, N. (2009) Review of Young People in Contemporary Ireland, published by Kevin Lalor, Áine De Róiste, Maurice Devlin (2007), Youth & Policy, No. 101, p. 94.

Balanda, K., McMaster, C., Pursell, L., Kearns, N., Graham, A., Barron, S., Fahy, L. and O’Donovan, D. (2008) All-Ireland Health and Wellbeing Data Set (AIHWDS) INIsPHO Data Briefing No. 3 (Working Document). Ireland and Northern Ireland's Population Health Observatory (INIsPHO), Dublin.

Bradley, C. (2008) Parenting Alone & Access to the Labour Market, Community Workers Coop Newsletter, April 2008.

Bradley, C. (2008) Towards a Better Future: Research on Labour Market needs and Social Exclusion of One-parent Families in Galway City and County in Combat Poverty Agency Newsletter Action on Poverty Today, April 2008.

Fives, A. (2007) Review of The Liberal Conscience by Lucas Swaine (2006), Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 10, No. 5, pp. 515-517.

Brady, B. (2005) Developing Children’s Participation: Lessons from the Computer Characters Project. Child Links, Issue 1, pp. 20-23.