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Evaluation of a school-based health promotion programme for adolescents aged 12-15 years with focus on well-being related to stress
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8345-8994
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
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2008 (English)In: Public Health, ISSN 0033-3506, E-ISSN 1476-5616, Vol. 122, no 1, p. 25-33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate a school-based adolescent health promotion programme with focus on well-being related to stress.

Study design: Interventional and evaluative with tests before and after the intervention. The study was performed in two secondary schools in a town on the west coast of Sweden.

Methods: A health promotion programme comprising massage and mental training was implemented for a single academic year in one school (intervention school, 153 participants) in order to strengthen and maintain well-being. No intervention was implemented in the other school (non-intervention school, 287 participants). A questionnaire was developed and tested, resulting in 23 items distributed across the following six areas: self-reliance; leisure time; being an outsider; general and home satisfaction; school satisfaction; and school environment.

Results: A pre- and postintervention comparison of the six areas was made within each school. In the intervention school, the boys maintained a very good or good sense of well-being related to stress in all six areas, while the girls’ sense of well-being was maintained in five areas and deteriorated in one area. In the non-intervention school, the boys maintained a very good or good sense of well-being related to stress in four areas and deteriorated in two areas, while the girls’ sense of well-being was maintained in two areas and deteriorated in four areas.

Conclusion: Massage and mental training helped to maintain adolescents’ very good or good sense of well-being related to stress. A questionnaire with acceptable validity and reliability was developed and tested in order to evaluate the health promotional approach. However, there is a need for further study to develop both the intervention and the questionnaire for young people.

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London: W.B. Saunders Co. Ltd. , 2008. Vol. 122, no 1, p. 25-33
Keywords [en]
Adolescence, Health promotion, Intervention, Stress, Sweden, Well-being
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-2918DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2007.04.016ISI: 000253190400005PubMedID: 17719616Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-37049034063Local ID: 2082/3320OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-2918DiVA, id: diva2:240136
Available from: 2009-09-03 Created: 2009-09-03 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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