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Perceptions of health among school-aged children living in socially vulnerable areas in Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV). (Research Program: Equal Health – Health Promotion Platform in Collaboration)
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV). (Research Program: Equal Health – Health Promotion Platform in Collaboration)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1235-620X
Uppsala Univ, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Uppsala, Sweden..
2023 (English)In: Frontiers In Public Health, ISSN 2296-2565, Vol. 11, article id 1136832Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children have the right to health. Since good health is a decisive factor for children's future, investing in children's health is important, especially children from vulnerable areas. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of health among school-aged children from socially vulnerable areas.

Methods: The study has an explorative mixed-method design with a participatory and inductive approach based on focus group interviews with children and youth leaders, respectively, at Multi-activity Centers in three of the vulnerable areas in Malmö Municipality, as well as results from the Multi-activity Centers' own questionnaire. The data has been analyzed with inductive and deductive content analysis.

Results: The children and the youth leaders described health in terms of well-being, participation, and activity. Well-being included feeling good and safe, having a healthy body, and having fun by doing things together with friends and leaders. Participating in activities was described as having a feeling of involvement, being able to have an influence on the organization of the activities and participating on one's own terms.

Discussion: The result of this study shows that participating in activities increases the child's sense of well-being.

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Frontiers Media S.A., 2023. Vol. 11, article id 1136832
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multi-activity center, health, well-being, participatory design, schoolchildren, socially vulnerable area
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-61905DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1136832ISI: 001030170900001PubMedID: 37483930Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85165276154OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-61905DiVA, id: diva2:1788487
Available from: 2023-08-16 Created: 2023-08-16 Last updated: 2023-08-21Bibliographically approved

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Isma, Gabriella ERämgård, Margareta

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