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Children's perspectives on health promoting living environmens: the significance of social capital
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0108-4237
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
2020 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, Vol. 258, article id 113059Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the usefulness of social capital as a conceptual tool to design neighbourhoods promoting children’s health. The aim was to explore children’s perspectives of health promoting environments, and we used a combination of photovoice and grounded theory. Children from two neighbourhoods in a Swedish municipality were invited to photograph and discuss places of importance for their well-being. They presented places facilitating togetherness, enjoyable activities and positive emotions, mostly found in their immediate environments: at home, at school and in their neighbourhoods, but the access to these places was unequally distributed between the areas. The results highlight a need for ensuring all children’s access to health promoting places and to include children’s views in policy and planning. Investments in the physical environment need to be combined with efforts to influence norms and collective efficacy to secure local ownership and use of these investments. We found that the concept of social capital is a relevant conceptual tool for understanding what constitutes health-promoting places from children’s perspectives and contributes to a deeper understanding on how physical and social environments are interlinked.

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Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 258, article id 113059
Keywords [en]
children’s perspectives, health-promoting living environments, social capital, photo voice, grounded theory, Sweden
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Social Sciences
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Public health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-171107DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113059ISI: 000549188300014PubMedID: 32531686Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85086087255OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-171107DiVA, id: diva2:1432292
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, 2014.0156Available from: 2020-05-26 Created: 2020-05-26 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved

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