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Developing teenagers' views on their health and the health of their future children

Developing teenagers' views on their health and the health of their future children
Developing teenagers' views on their health and the health of their future children
Purpose: the purpose of this paper is to report the outcome of a city-wide survey of teenagers’ views on their health, and compare this with the outcomes of a science-oriented health intervention called LifeLab, a hospital-based classroom aimed at developing teenagers’ attitudes towards their health and that of their future children.

Design/methodology/approach: a questionnaire survey of 597 14-year olds across the city of Southampton was conducted to gauge their views and behaviour in relation to their own health. The views of 37 students who took part in innovative, hospital-based, hands-on LifeLab activities were compared with those of their peers six months after the intervention to analyse long-term impacts of the experience. Interviews were carried out with ten LifeLab students to gain further insights.

Findings: the intervention created a wider appreciation among students that food they eat now could affect their long-term health and the health of their future children. Students became significantly more interested in studying science beyond compulsory schooling, and in considering science and healthcare career options.

Research limitations/implications: although results were statistically significant, the intervention sample was quite small, and further data collection is ongoing. The city-wide student response rate of 29 per cent was fairly low.

Social implications: this study has shown that a carefully structured hospital-based classroom visit, and associated science lessons can have a marked effect on student engagement with health-related issues, and an impact on their consideration of their career choices.

Originality/value: the hospital-based classroom is an innovative approach to improving teenagers’ knowledge and attitudes towards their health. The paper's findings should be of interest to a range of educational stakeholders including teachers, local education authorities and local politicians concerned with health education matters
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Azaola, Marta Cristina
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Grace, Marcus, Woods-Townsend, Kathryn, Griffiths, Janice, Godfrey, Keith M., Hanson, Mark A., Galloway, Ian, Azaola, Marta Cristina, Harman, Kerry, Byrne, Jenny and Inskip, Hazel M. (2012) Developing teenagers' views on their health and the health of their future children. Health Education, 112 (6), 543-559. (doi:10.1108/09654281211275890).

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Abstract

Purpose: the purpose of this paper is to report the outcome of a city-wide survey of teenagers’ views on their health, and compare this with the outcomes of a science-oriented health intervention called LifeLab, a hospital-based classroom aimed at developing teenagers’ attitudes towards their health and that of their future children.

Design/methodology/approach: a questionnaire survey of 597 14-year olds across the city of Southampton was conducted to gauge their views and behaviour in relation to their own health. The views of 37 students who took part in innovative, hospital-based, hands-on LifeLab activities were compared with those of their peers six months after the intervention to analyse long-term impacts of the experience. Interviews were carried out with ten LifeLab students to gain further insights.

Findings: the intervention created a wider appreciation among students that food they eat now could affect their long-term health and the health of their future children. Students became significantly more interested in studying science beyond compulsory schooling, and in considering science and healthcare career options.

Research limitations/implications: although results were statistically significant, the intervention sample was quite small, and further data collection is ongoing. The city-wide student response rate of 29 per cent was fairly low.

Social implications: this study has shown that a carefully structured hospital-based classroom visit, and associated science lessons can have a marked effect on student engagement with health-related issues, and an impact on their consideration of their career choices.

Originality/value: the hospital-based classroom is an innovative approach to improving teenagers’ knowledge and attitudes towards their health. The paper's findings should be of interest to a range of educational stakeholders including teachers, local education authorities and local politicians concerned with health education matters

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Published date: 2012
Organisations: Southampton Education School, Human Development & Health, Mathematics, Science & Health Education

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Local EPrints ID: 347504
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/347504
ISSN: 0965-4283
PURE UUID: 49499cc6-c45b-4fe5-9630-57a7a5ec4ab7
ORCID for Marcus Grace: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1949-1765
ORCID for Kathryn Woods-Townsend: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3376-6988
ORCID for Keith M. Godfrey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4643-0618
ORCID for Mark A. Hanson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6907-613X
ORCID for Marta Cristina Azaola: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6671-4095
ORCID for Jenny Byrne: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6969-5539
ORCID for Hazel M. Inskip: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8897-1749

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Date deposited: 23 Jan 2013 10:03
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:01

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Author: Marcus Grace ORCID iD
Author: Janice Griffiths
Author: Mark A. Hanson ORCID iD
Author: Ian Galloway
Author: Kerry Harman
Author: Jenny Byrne ORCID iD
Author: Hazel M. Inskip ORCID iD

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