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‘Through my eyes’: health-promoting factors described by photographs taken by children with experience of cancer treatment
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention. School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5586-3810
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3576-2393
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4438-6673
School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Child Care Health and Development, ISSN 0305-1862, E-ISSN 1365-2214, Vol. 42, no 1, 76-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

Health promotion for children with cancer should be based on the children's own needs and desires. Because there is a lack of knowledge in this area, the aim of this study was to explore what promotes health from the perspective of children with experience of cancer treatment.

Methods

Fifteen children between 8 and 12 years of age participated in focus groups with three children in each group. The children were given a camera and instructions to photograph subjects that promote their health. Focus group discussions were based on the photographs and the children's own description of those photographs. The analysis of focus group discussions and photographs was conducted using inductive content analysis.

Results

According to the children, health-promoting factors are defined as meaningful relationships, recreational activities and a trustful environment. Meaningful relationships include togetherness within the family, affection for pets and friendship with peers. Recreational activities include engagement in play and leisure, withdrawal for relaxation and feeling enjoyment. Trustful environment includes confidence in significant others and feeling safe.

Conclusions

Knowledge from this study can contribute to health promotion interventions and quality improvements in the health care of children with experience of cancer treatment. Children's experiences with what promotes health in their everyday lives provide a better understanding of the type of support children prefer when promoting their own health. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 42, no 1, 76-86 p.
Keyword [en]
cancer, children’s perspective, focus group, health promotion, photography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29295DOI: 10.1111/cch.12285PubMedID: 26303054Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84940094691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-29295DiVA: diva2:848652
Available from: 2015-08-25 Created: 2015-08-25 Last updated: 2015-12-21Bibliographically approved

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