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What constitute health promoting living environments from children's perspectives?
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för socialt arbete.
Umeå universitet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Epidemiologi och global hälsa.
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 27, nr Suppl_3, s. 508-Artikkel i tidsskrift, Meeting abstract (Annet vitenskapelig) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Swedish research on the effects of living environment on children's health is limited, and very few studies bring up children’s own views and experiences from their everyday lives. The overall aim of this study is to explore what constitutes health promoting living environments from children’s own perspectives.

Methods: This is an ongoing qualitative exploratory study, building on children’s active involvement using Photovoice method. Schoolchildren in grade five, living in a medium sized Swedish municipality were equipped with digital cameras to document places of importance for their well-being. These photographs were discussed in sex-stratified focus groups. By discussing their photos, the children could identify and portray their choices of places, which gave valuable insights of how they view their worlds and what they perceive as health promoting in their living environments. Data were initially analyzed thematically.

Results: Children presented photos from their homes showing mostly their own rooms and their computers, sports- and other facilities for leisure activities as well as photos from playgrounds, forests and neighborhood venues. These places were all perceived as important for their wellbeing. Preliminary analyzes reveal how these places in different ways are characterized as; Places allowing Socializing; Places for Activities; Places for Relaxation, and Places providing a sense of Freedom. Having a Space of one’s own was also perceived as important for well-being.

Conclusions: A safe environment, allowing positive activities, relaxation, togetherness as well as freedom and a space of one’s own, characterizes health-promoting places for Children in a Swedish context.

Key messages:

  • Children are active actors in their living environments and are well aware of aspects in their living environments of importance for their well-being.
  • Children’s voices and experiences needs to be taken into account in the planning and design of health promoting living environments.
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OXFORD UNIV PRESS , 2017. Vol. 27, nr Suppl_3, s. 508-
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143071DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx186.301ISI: 000414389805207OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-143071DiVA, id: diva2:1166710
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10th European Public Health Conference Sustaining resilient and healthy communities Stockholm, Sweden 1–4 November 2017
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-12-15 Laget: 2017-12-15 Sist oppdatert: 2018-06-09bibliografisk kontrollert

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