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Adolescents' perceptions of the words 'health' and 'happy'

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dc.contributor.author O'Higgins, Siobhan
dc.contributor.author Sixsmith, Jane
dc.contributor.author Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-03T16:11:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-03T16:11:41Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05
dc.identifier.citation O'Higgins, S., Sixsmith, J., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2010). Adolescents' perceptions of the words 'health' and 'happy'. Health education, 110(5), 367-381. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0965-4283
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2262
dc.description.abstract Purpose - The shared language of youth includes understandings of concepts that can be different from those of adults. Researchers, in their efforts to explore and illuminate the health behaviours and decision-making processes of young people, use generic terms in their data collecting protocols. This study aims to explore what adolescents understand by the words 'healthy' and 'happy'. Design/methodology/approach - Semi-structured interviews were conducted in three post-primary schools with 31 students aged 12 and 13 years. Drawing on a grounded theory approach, interviews were transcribed and subjected to thematic content analysis. Findings - The students provided a description and explanation of what health and happiness meant to them and how they intended to maintain both as they grew older. Perceptions of these two concepts were found to contain gendered nuances. This was clear in relation to descriptions of how friends were part of well-being; the girls were more likely to talk about feeling restricted and resentment at being treated like children and only the boys talked of looking forward to things. Originality/value - In order to gain an understanding of young people's perspectives about what matters and what influences their health behaviour, a clearer view of the different perspectives held by researcher and researched needs to be established. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Emerald en_US
dc.subject Personal health en_US
dc.subject Perception en_US
dc.subject Adolescents en_US
dc.subject Health Promotion en_US
dc.title Adolescents' perceptions of the words 'health' and 'happy' en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09654281011068522 en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US

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