“Adults have really boring ideas” is what we repeatedly learn from our participatory research with young people. Nevertheless, it is common practice that adults design research, questionnaires and interventions for young people. Not surprisingly, many research initiatives, questionnaires and interventions are utterly boring and a bad fit for the intended population. Consequently, many research efforts go to waste.
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We thank our colleagues K. Goh, S. Rachdan, L. Hidding and M. Anselma for collaboration during the research mentioned in this Comment.
The authors declare no competing interests.
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Chinapaw, M.J.M., Altenburg, T.M. Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age: involving young people in research. Nat Rev Endocrinol 19, 125–126 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41574-022-00796-y