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Obstacles for equity in health in a school health promotion project among young students
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2148-8044
2007 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is a need for more knowledge about school as an agent for equity in health. The present study is a part of an action research project performed in a Swedish school (grade one to six) in a socially disadvantaged area. The point of departure was that young students have competences to define problems and priorities of changes in their school environment as well as being active participants in the changing process. All students participated in groups in a process of defining suggestions of health promoting changes in their school environment. The aim with the present study was to analyse obstacles for equity in health in a school health promotion project where the students have been active participants. Method: Single-sex focus group interviews (half with girls and half with boys) were conducted with students in two sets: eight interviews were performed directly after the group work at school was completed and another six interviews about a half year after the changing process had started. The students in the focus group interviews were recruited from all classes and ages at the school. The interviews were analyzed with a grounded theory approach. Results: The preliminary results showed that power relations within the group of boys, between the groups of boys and girls, and within the group of girls were obstacles for equity in health. Categories such as harassment, injustice, responsibility taking, homosociality and gender based violence have been developed.Conclusions: Young students can be active participants in the work for a healthy environment at school but the staff at school must consider the unequal power relations between the students and to work with the social climate in general to a higher degree to be successful in reducing inequity among young students.

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2007.
Keyword [en]
school health promotion, empowerment, gender perspective
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-4423Local ID: 5364OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-4423DiVA: diva2:29455
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30Bibliographically approved

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