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Challenges of engagement with health services in Sweden’s schools: Listening to the views of school nurses and students with recurrent pain
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3737-3244
2016 (English)In: Pastoral Care in Education, ISSN 0264-3944, E-ISSN 1468-0122, Vol. 34, no 1, 3-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports on the views of school nurses (n = 25) and students with recurrent pain (n = 24) in Sweden with regard to school-based pedagogic practices. A number of common categories with implications for pedagogic practice were identified by analysing qualitative interviews with these groups, using the coding techniques of grounded theory. The results indicate that a failure to develop trust made it difficult for some students to initiate contact with a school nurse and that some students perceive the issue of recurrent pain being of relevance to all young people, deserving coverage in the curriculum. We thus conclude that it is important to integrate personal, social and health education in the ordinary spaces of teaching and learning in order to complement and bolster the conventionally organised school health services in Sweden. However, this might be difficult to achieve because many of the school nurses emphasised that health and education were commonly treated on parallel tracks in their schools, under the management of different authorities.

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2016. Vol. 34, no 1, 3-12 p.
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Stress management, health promotion, access to education, school health services
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-114079DOI: 10.1080/02643944.2015.1119878ISI: 000377041400002OAI: diva2:893403
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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