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Leisure-time as a health-promoting setting: experiences from youth-centers in Sweden
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Med kraft och vilja - Forskning om idéburna organisationers ANDT-förebyggande arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5093-4958
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Med kraft och vilja - Forskning om idéburna organisationers ANDT-förebyggande arbete)
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Med kraft och vilja - Forskning om idéburna organisationers ANDT-förebyggande arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0185-0851
2015 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 25, no Suppl. 3Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Leisure-time is an important part of young people’s lives. Despite this, leisure-time settings have hitherto had a minor role in setting-based health-promotion initiatives. Improving adolescents’ quality of leisure-time activities can reduce social differences in health. Youth centers can therefore be good settings for promoting health. However, young people with immigrant backgrounds participate less in organized leisure-time activities. The aim of the study is to increase awareness of the importance of young people's leisure-time activities in a health promotion perspective. Further questions like who participate and why, what they gain, and what particular strategies the different youth-centers use in their everyday work will be presented.                                                                           

Methods: In this practice-based longitudinal study data were collected 2012-2014 at two youth-centers in multicultural, socially deprived suburbs using surveys with 12-16 year old adolescents (n=207). Individual interviews with staff (n=7) and focus-groups interviews with adolescents (6 groups, 50 % girls). Moreover individual interviews (n=3) were made with cooperation partners in the neighborhoods. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods were used for analysis.                                                                                           

Results: Most of the participants are second generation immigrants. They feel healthy, enjoy school, and feel quite safe in their neighborhoods. They participate in youth-centers to do fun and interesting activities, to see friends as well as to have leaders that care about them. If factors like support from youth-center leaders, influence, gender equality or alcohol and drug rules are important for making adolescents use less alcohol or feel better will also be revealed. Strategies for recruiting youth to youth-centers are central to succeeding.    

Conclusions: Youth centers can be health-promoting settings when their strategies include some important factors, both in theory and in daily practice.                                           Main messages: Leisure-time activities are underestimated health promoting settings. Youth-centers can be a health-promoting setting.

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Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2015. Vol. 25, no Suppl. 3
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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-45916OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-45916DiVA: diva2:856536
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8th European Public Health Conference. Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices. Milan, Italy. 14 - 17 October, 2015
Funder
Swedish National Institute of Public Health
Available from: 2015-09-24 Created: 2015-09-24 Last updated: 2016-02-23Bibliographically approved

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