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Sjöblom, M., Jacobsson, L., Öhrling, K. & Kostenius, C. (2020). Schoolchildren’s play: A tool for health education. Health Education Journal, 79(1)
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2020 (English)In: Health Education Journal, ISSN 0017-8969, E-ISSN 1748-8176, Vol. 79, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The purpose of this study was to gain more knowledge about the phenomenon of the inner child in relation to health and well-being as reflected in play experienced by schoolchildren. Design/method: Participants were 20 schoolchildren recruited from a primary school in a medium-size city in central Sweden. The children who agreed to participate were 14 girls and 6 boys aged between 9 and 10 years old in grade 3. A hermeneutic phenomenological approach was used to analyse the data consisting of the schoolchildren’s drawings and transcribed interviews. Participants’ verbal reflections on their drawings enabled deeper insight into their lived experiences of play. Results: Findings from this study demonstrate how schoolchildren are influenced by the inner child in childhood to handle conflicts, to cope, to make choices, to build relationships to connect and to dream about the future. The schoolchildren in this study developed their coping skills in conflict situations as part of friendship making. Conclusion: The value play offers for health and well-being reveals how schoolchildren are influenced by the inner child in childhood. Gaining knowledge from schoolchildren’s own voices about play makes a worthwhile contribution to research. In addition, the value play provides to schoolchildren’s health and well-being suggest that play can be an important tool as part of health education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2020
Keywords
Friendship, health promotion, inner child, play, schoolchildren
National Category
Occupational Therapy Other Health Sciences Nursing
Research subject
Occupational therapy; Health Science; Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-75354 (URN)10.1177/0017896919862299 (DOI)000475010100001 ()
Note

Validerad;2020;Nivå 2;2020-01-28 (johcin)

Available from: 2019-07-24 Created: 2019-07-24 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Misund Dahl, B., Buch Mejsner, S., Eklund Karlsson, L., Kostenius, C., Laverack, G., Myglegård Andersen, H., . . . Lidmark, J. (2020). The Nordic perspective on migration and empowerment. Health Promotion International
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2020 (English)In: Health Promotion International, ISSN 0957-4824, E-ISSN 1460-2245Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

International migration is a complex phenomenon that touches on a multiplicity of economic, social and security aspects affecting our daily lives. In the Nordic countries’ migration is a contentious political topic as the number of migrants has significantly increased in recent decades. The aim of this study is to analyse governmental policy documents on migrants in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and to identify and compare how they are described within an empowerment perspective. A critical discourse analysis was undertaken of each Nordic country. The findings revealed that all four documents placed migrants in a passive position in regard to decision-making and that an empowerment perspective was lacking. Migrants are similarly treated in each Nordic country as a problem to deal with rather than as a possible resource for the society and the approach seeks to protect the welfare state and the culture of the country. The lack of empowerment perspective may be having a negative impact on the health and well-being of migrants and on their integration in the Nordic society. The article concludes by raising several questions in regard to migration and empowerment in the Nordic context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2020
Keywords
empowerment, health, migrants, Nordic, policy
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-78483 (URN)10.1093/heapro/daaa021 (DOI)32268353 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2020-04-15 Created: 2020-04-15 Last updated: 2020-04-15
Lögdberg, U., Nilsson, B. & Kostenius, C. (2020). Young Migrants’ Experiences and Conditions for Health: A Photovoice Study. SAGE Open, 10(2)
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2020 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, E-ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. 10, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Visualization and expression of health-related experiences and conditions by young migrants from five different countries residing in Sweden were examined in this study. Using photovoice, the participants were invited to describe and discuss their experiences in three stages: (a) document and portray their everyday lives by taking pictures, (b) discuss their findings, and (c) present their views on health to the adults who are present in their everyday life and that are important for improving young migrants’ health conditions. The overall findings indicate that temporal, spatial, and social conditions are important for the well-being of these young migrants. Thus, in order for the young migrants to feel well in a new cultural context, a search for meaning and meaningfulness in relation to time, place, and other people was important. These findings are discussed in light of social, mental, and existential health dimensions and in relation to the selected study methods.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2020
Keywords
existential health, health promotion, photovoice, young migrants
National Category
Nursing Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy; Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-78909 (URN)10.1177/2158244020920665 (DOI)
Note

Validerad;2020;Nivå 2;2020-05-18 (johcin)

Available from: 2020-05-18 Created: 2020-05-18 Last updated: 2020-05-18Bibliographically approved
Lindgren, E., Gabrielsson, S. & Kostenius, C. (2019). A method to give voice to young people with experience of mental ill-health. In: 5TH HORATIO FESTIVAL OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING: . Paper presented at European Psychiatric Nurses conference 2019.
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2019 (English)In: 5TH HORATIO FESTIVAL OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Other Health Sciences Nursing
Research subject
Nursing; Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74030 (URN)
Conference
European Psychiatric Nurses conference 2019
Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C. & Melder, C. (2019). Existential health: A valuable dimension when promoting health throughout the life-course in Sweden. In: WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All. Paper presented at 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, 7-11 April, 2019, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Existential health: A valuable dimension when promoting health throughout the life-course in Sweden
2019 (English)In: WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74024 (URN)
Conference
23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, 7-11 April, 2019, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C., Lundqvist, C., Nyström, L., Henriksson, A. & Nordstrand, A. (2019). "Hälsoskolan": the national government, local authorities and university in a joint effort to promote health literacy in arctic children and youth. In: WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All. Paper presented at 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, 7-11 April, 2019, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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2019 (English)In: WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74026 (URN)
Conference
23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, 7-11 April, 2019, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C. (2019). "On top of the world": promoting health and equity in children andyouth in the arctic region. In: WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All. Paper presented at 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, 7-11 April, 2019, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"On top of the world": promoting health and equity in children andyouth in the arctic region
2019 (English)In: WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Keywords
arctic region, children, empowerment, equity, health promotion, health literacy, school
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74029 (URN)
Conference
23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, 7-11 April, 2019, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Available from: 2019-05-24 Created: 2019-05-24 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved
Forsberg, H., Carlerby, H., Nordstrand, A., Risberg, A. & Kostenius, C. (2019). Positive self-reported health might be an important determinant of student's experiences of high school in northern Sweden. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 78(1), Article ID 1598758.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Positive self-reported health might be an important determinant of student's experiences of high school in northern Sweden
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, ISSN 1239-9736, E-ISSN 2242-3982, Vol. 78, no 1, article id 1598758Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a need for more knowledge about positive health determinants in the school setting. The overall aim of this study was to analyse if positive self-reported health is associated with experiences of school among high-school students. Data originated from the health dialogue questionnaire answered by students in grade 1 of high school. A total of 5035 students participated from the academic years 2013 to 2016. Logistic regression with positive odds ratio (POR) was used to analyse associations between positive self-reported health and school experiences. There was an association between positive self-reported health and school experiences among students. Positive mental health was the strongest predictor for positive school experiences. To frequently participate in Physical Education, have a positive body image and satisfactory sleep nearly doubled the students' odds for positive school experiences. The results also revealed gender differences; boys more often reported positive experiences of school and positive health than girls. Positive self-reported health is associated with positive experiences of school, particularly mental health. Moreover, these findings have significant implications for how students experience school and demonstrate the importance of including health-promoting interventions in systemic school improvement, meeting both girls' and boys' needs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
Keywords
Adolescent health, health dialogue, health promotion, high school students, positive odds ratio, school health, self- reported health
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73500 (URN)10.1080/22423982.2019.1598758 (DOI)000463178700001 ()30940013 (PubMedID)
Note

Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-04-08 (oliekm)

Available from: 2019-04-08 Created: 2019-04-08 Last updated: 2019-11-29Bibliographically approved
Kostenius, C., Gabrielsson, S. & Lindgren, E. (2019). Promoting Mental Health in School—Young People from Scotland and Sweden Sharing Their Perspectives. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, ISSN 1557-1874, E-ISSN 1557-1882Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The rate of mental ill health has increased among children and youth during the past decade in Scotland and Sweden. School is important in influencing both health and education. The starting point for health promotion in school involves those who are affected, the students. The aim of this study was to describe and understand how mental health can be promoted in school from the perspective of young people. A total of 14 Scottish and Swedish young people aged 15–21, 11 girls and 3 boys from 3 municipalities, participated in 4 focus groups. The phenomenological analysis resulted in one main theme: Everyone is being there for each other encompassing three themes without any relative order of precedence: being in a safe, inclusive, and well-informed space; meeting adults who are available, listening, and taking action; and feeling significant and being of significance to others. Based on these findings, we suggest the following aspects to be essential when aiming to promote mental health in schools: (1) value and appreciate young people’s experiences, (2) view everyone in school regardless of age or profession to be an important piece in the mental health promotion puzzle by adopting a “whole school approach,” (3) foster a listening culture that focuses on building enabling relationships, (4) promote health and learning simultaneously to increase health literacy, (5) educate about mental health to minimize stigma and increase confidence in taking appropriate action.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2019
Keywords
mental health, youth, qualitative
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-77307 (URN)10.1007/s11469-019-00202-1 (DOI)000504460400001 ()2-s2.0-85077149954 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-01-07 Created: 2020-01-07 Last updated: 2020-04-16
Lögdberg, U., Nilsson, B. & Kostenius, C. (2019). Using photovoice to promote young migrants health: benefits and challenges with the method. In: : . Paper presented at 9th Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference (NHPRC) 12-14 June 2019, Roskilde, Denmark.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Using photovoice to promote young migrants health: benefits and challenges with the method
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Young migrants are a group that are seldom asked to share their experiences of health. More research focusing on an inside perspective on young migrants health is needed. Through photovoice, young people are given the opportunity to document and discuss their lives by using photography.

Purpose of study: Illuminating experiences from collaborating with young migrants to promote health using photovoice, focusing on benefits and challenges with the method.

 Methods/Theory: The study was based on a social perspective on health. Photovoice was the chosen method inviting 28 young migrants in a municipality in northern Sweden aged 16-20 from 5 different countries to take pictures and discussing these with focus on experiences and conditions for health and how health can be promoted. The four step process: 1) Introduction, 2) Photographing session, 3) Workshops, and 4) Final presentation.

 Findings: Using photovoice with young migrants enabled insights into several aspects of the participants’ everyday life inside and outside the school context. The participants could identify health promotion factors but also health challenges in their everyday life. More important, it enabled conversations based on the participants' pictures of their lives rather than questions posed by the researcher. The study also revealed ethical challenges addressing power imbalance and how to reach social change, which is further discussed.

 Conclusion: We recommend using photovoice with young migrants as it proved to be a rich tool to promote critical thinking and discussions allowing self-reflection. However, more research is needed to discuss how to reach social change, the last step of the method. 

Keywords
health promotion, photovoice, social change, young migrants
National Category
Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74630 (URN)
Conference
9th Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference (NHPRC) 12-14 June 2019, Roskilde, Denmark
Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-3876-7202

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