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Health-related quality of life in indigenous Sami schoolchildren in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6720-2430
2015 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 104, 75-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: To investigate health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in indigenous Sami schoolchildren in Sweden and its associations with sex, age, enculturation and ethnicity-related negative treatment.

METHODS: The study population was comprised of all children in grades 6-12 (ages 12-18 years) who attended specific Sami school programmes in Sweden. HRQOL was measured by the Kidscreen-52 self-report form, which was filled in at school (n = 121).

RESULTS: The indigenous Sami children in Sweden experienced lower HRQOL than Swedish children in general, with regard to their school situation, financial resources, parents' relations, physical well-being and social support from peers. In Sami children, functioning and well-being generally decreased by older age group and girls reported lower physical well-being, more negative feelings and more negative self-perception than boys. Finally, more than half of the Sami children had experienced ethnicity-related negative treatment, and these children reported a robustly lower functioning and well-being compared with those without this experience.

CONCLUSION: In some aspects of HRQOL, indigenous Sami schoolchildren with an explicit ethnic identity experienced less favourable functioning and well-being than Swedish children in general, which is worrisome. A high degree of ethnicity-related negative treatment may partly explain this lower HRQOL in Sami children.

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2015. Vol. 104, 75-83 p.
Keyword [en]
adolescent, discrimination, indigenous, Sami, well-being
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-97346DOI: 10.1111/apa.12786ISI: 000346987300023PubMedID: 25169118OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-97346DiVA: diva2:772050
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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