Children’s Perceptions of the Concepts ‘Healthy’ and ‘Unhealthy’ using Photo-Elicitation
Banks, Ayesha Louise
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The health and well-being of children has become a growing concern in society. Children’s views on health and healthy/unhealthy behaviours are important to understand and consider, as the manner in which children perceive multifaceted concepts such as health may vary. Most research targeting children’s health has been obtained indirectly or via proxy views from parents or teachers with little evidence that this accurately represents the perspectives of children. Children’s own, direct views are required to ensure interventions are accurate, effective and targeted. This qualitative research study into children’s (n = 5, age range = 9-11 years) direct perceptions of the concepts ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ used a photo-elicitation and auto-documentation research approach. A thematic analysis method was used to analyse and organise the data. Six main themes emerged suggesting children’s perceptions of health were multi-dimensional and should be seen in a holistic way. The main themes were those of ‘food and eating habits’, ‘drinking behaviours’, ‘physical activity’, ‘sedentary behaviours’, ‘personal hygiene/care’ and ‘harmful addictive behaviours’ with children believing all play a part in their own health and other peoples’ health.
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