Swedish schoolchildren’s voices of health-promoting factors: a focus group study

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Children have the right to express their views on all issues related to their health and development. The aim was to explore health-promoting factors voiced by 8- to 12-year-old children, to determine how the children prioritize those factors and inform school personnel how to develop health-promoting approach based on those findings. Focus groups, with the use of photographs, were conducted with 15 children. A deductive content analysis was used, with overall results showing that health-promoting factors are meaningful relationships and recreational activities. The results add new perspectives to the earlier model of health-promoting factors. By highlighting children’s experience of what promotes health, measures at the individual, group and community level can be adapted to children’s priorities, based on their own needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number4
Early online date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Health Sciences (303)


  • Bronfenbrenner
  • child’s perspective
  • deductive content analysis
  • health promotion
  • photographs


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