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Young students' knowledge and perception of health and fitness: A study in Shanghai, China
Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden .
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7393-796X
2014 (English)In: Health Education Journal, ISSN 0017-8969, E-ISSN 1748-8176, Vol. 73, no 1, p. 20-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: This study investigated how young urban students conceptualize health and fitness and tried to identify their sources of information about health-related issues. The findings are intended to help make suggestions for policy makers to design and develop effective health-education strategies.

Methods: Focus group discussions (FGDs) of 20 groups, each comprised of eight 10th-grade students, were carried out. In total 160 students participated in the FGDs.

Results: Young students' knowledge and perceptions about health and fitness had certain limitations, although most of the students emphasized the importance of good health and felt that they knew the meaning of health and fitness. They were most concerned with physical health and failed to consider other aspects of health such as mental/psychological, behavioural and social aspects. This represents a lack of awareness of contemporary conceptions of health and illness.

Conclusion: These findings are important when considering the design of effective high school health education strategies that meet state content standards and for influencing students to continue participating in health-promoting activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 73, no 1, p. 20-27
Keywords [en]
China, fitness, health, high school students, qualitative
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-33279DOI: 10.1177/0017896912469565ISI: 000328881400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-33279DiVA, id: diva2:694494
Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-01-24 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved

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