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dc.contributor.authorSingletary, Joanne H.en
dc.contributor.authorBartle, Craig L.en
dc.contributor.authorSvirydzenka, N.en
dc.contributor.authorSuter-Giorgini, Nicola M.en
dc.contributor.authorCashmore, Annette M.en
dc.contributor.authorDogra, N.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-30T15:08:05Z
dc.date.available2016-11-30T15:08:05Z
dc.date.issued2014-06-04
dc.identifier.citationSingletary, J.H. et al. (2014) Young people’s perceptions of mental and physical health in the context of general wellbeing. Health Education Journal, 74 (3), pp. 257-269en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/13035
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.en
dc.description.abstractObjectives: Recognition of the need for health education in schools has seen advances in health literacy in recent years. Most of these have focused on physical health whereas education about mental health is generally lacking and focused on tackling stigma rather than promoting good mental health. This study evaluated a pilot intervention designed to improve young people’s understanding of good mental health as a key aspect of wellbeing and explores their perceptions of health and wellbeing. Methods: Two hundred and eighteen 13-year-olds participated in an interactive workshop about healthy eating, physical activity and mental health. Young people’s understanding and perceptions were assessed through anonymous questionnaires at the start and end of the workshop. Common themes were identified and differences pre- and post-workshop and between girls and boys were analysed. Results: Nearly all young people (100% before, 97% after) perceived being healthy to mean being physically healthy. A minority (8%) also considered mental health to be a component of general health, which increased to 12% after the workshop. Understandings of mental health broadened after the workshop. Interestingly many mentioned physical health when asked to describe mental health, both before and after the workshop. Girls’ and boys’ responses were similar except for more girls including social relationships in their descriptions of mental health. Conclusions: In this study, we have discovered more about how young people perceive health in general and mental health. Such information is useful for targeting future interventions. Students’ understanding of mental health and its importance to wellbeing can be improved through short combined health interventions.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.subjectAdolescent healthen
dc.subjecthealth educationen
dc.subjectmental healthen
dc.subjectattitudes to healthen
dc.subjectinterventionen
dc.titleYoung people’s perceptions of mental and physical health in the context of general wellbeingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896914533219
dc.researchgroupPsychologyen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderN/Aen
dc.projectidN/Aen
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NCen
dc.date.acceptance2014-06-04en
dc.researchinstituteInstitute for Psychological Scienceen
dc.researchinstituteMary Seacole Research Centreen


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