Health promotion in Swedish schools: school managers' views
2013 (English)In: Health Promotion International, ISSN 0957-4824, E-ISSN 1460-2245, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Schools are recognized worldwide as settings for health promotion, and leadership has a bearing on schools’ ability to be health promoting. School managers have a great influence on what is prioritized in school, which in turn affects students’ school performance and health. There is lack of research into school managers’ views on health promotion, and what they consider to be central to health promotion. The aim was therefore to examine school managers’ views about what health promotion in schools include. An explorative design, qualitative content analysis, was performed. In-depth interviews were conducted with all 13 school managers of a middle-sized municipality in central Sweden. The analysis had both manifest and latent content and three categories: ‘Organization and Collaboration’, ‘Optimize the arena’ and ‘Strengthen the individual’, and 10 subcategories emerged. The theme, ‘Opportunities for learning and a good life’, describes the latent content of these categories. Taking into account the views of school managers are important because these views help form a more complete picture of how school managers work with health promotion and what is needed to enhance health promotion to improve students’ opportunities for learning and a good life. The Ottawa Charter for Health promotion is thereby transformed into practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2013. 1-11 p.
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject Public Health Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-29918DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dat073OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-29918DiVA: diva2:660157