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Leisure-time youth centres as health-promoting settings: Experiences from multicultural neighbourhoods in Sweden
Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Health Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden. (Jämlik hälsa för barn och unga)
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. (Samhällsvetenskaplig idrottsforskning/Jämlik hälsa för barn och unga)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5093-4958
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0185-0851
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 46, no Suppl. 20, p. 72-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims: The aim of this paper is to advocate for the importance of meaningful leisure time for young people from a health promotion perspective using experiences from two youth centres in multicultural neighbourhoods in Sweden.

Methods: In this practice-based study, data were collected between 2012 and 2014 at two youth centres in multicultural, socially deprived suburbs in Sweden using surveys with 12- to 16-year-old adolescents (n = 207), seven individual interviews with staff and three cooperation partners in the neighbourhoods, and six group interviews with adolescents (50% girls). Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods were used for analysis.

Results: As part of the youth centres’ strategies, they are open and inclusive, foster supportive relationships, emphasise youth empowerment, and integrate family, school and community in their work. The youth centres are health-promoting settings with regard to four of the action areas in the Ottawa Charter: build healthy public policy, create supportive environments, strengthen community actions and develop personal skills.

Conclusions: There is a need for a variety and a combination of various structured and unstructured leisure-time activities because young people’s background and life situation plays a role for their participation in leisure time activities. We conclude that youth centres are well placed to be or to become health-promoting settings if the activities takes place in a structured environment.

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Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 46, no Suppl. 20, p. 72-79
Keywords [en]
Health promotion, leisure-time activities, mixed methods, multicultural, settings based
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Public health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65896DOI: 10.1177/1403494817743900ISI: 000428758300011PubMedID: 29552968Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044147260OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-65896DiVA, id: diva2:1191674
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Public Health Agency of Sweden Available from: 2018-03-20 Created: 2018-03-20 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved

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