Compilation: dr Szymon Grzelak, mgr Agata Balcerzak
Our expertise in research on youth has been developed since the second half of the 1990s. We have conducted numerous research projects concerning the positive potential of youth, the level of intensity of risk and problem behaviours, and the whole set of underlying intentions, convictions, attitudes and knowledge. The development of the research and research-in-action activity of a group of cooperating experts has led to the establishment of a separate institution called the Institute of Integrated Prevention (IPZIN) in 2012.
The Prozint questionnaire developed under the supervision of Dr. Szymon Grzelak in 2006 is used in the research. The questionnaire is comprised of a set of questions and research scales that have been under development since 1996. The questionnaire is periodically modified and updated and its last update was in January 2016.
The relevance of the tools and the reliability of scales used (e.g., sexualisation scale) are high and were all verified with appropriate calculations and confirmed by practice.
Research is conducted in accordance with the auditory method. A specially trained interviewer from the foundation’s research centre carries surveys in school classes. The course and conditions of the survey are described in detail in the study report in order to evaluate the reliability of the results. The completion of the survey by the respondents is anonymous. Reports on the diagnosis of the positive potential and problem behaviours of adolescents, which also contain cumulative data from a given school are developed on the basis of the research findings. The reports are then conveyed to the schools concerned as well as to their managing authorities.
The studies are conducted mainly among 14-17 years old youth. Since the start of 2010, we have interviewed over 23,000 pupils and have prepared over 200 reports for schools as well as for local administration units on their basis.
The relevant survey questions concerning undertaking risk and problem behaviours have been formulated in a discreet and appropriate manner to the age and possible experiences of the respondents. Research is always conducted in connection with an integrated prevention programme which the young people take part in some time after the completion of the survey.