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Understanding, Evidencing, and Promoting Adolescent Well-Being / Nic Matthews; Lindsey Kilgour; Polly Christian; Kate Mori; Denise M. Hill

Youth & Society, Volume: 47, Issue: 5, Pages: 659 - 683

Swansea University Author: Hill, Denise

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The well-being of young people is of considerable concern with many initiatives targeting the health behaviors of this population. Educators are among the professional groups being challenged to understand, evidence, and enhance childhood well-being. Working with a case study U.K. school adolescent...

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Published in: Youth & Society
ISSN: 0044-118X 1552-8499
Published: 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35672
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Abstract: The well-being of young people is of considerable concern with many initiatives targeting the health behaviors of this population. Educators are among the professional groups being challenged to understand, evidence, and enhance childhood well-being. Working with a case study U.K. school adolescent subjective well-being (SWB) was examined through the administering of the Personal Wellbeing Index–School Children (PWI-SC; n = 840) and focus groups with pupils (n = 18). PWI-SC results suggest significant differences in personal well-being between school years (p < .001). Focus group data indicate that transitional periods associated with adolescence, feeling unsafe, and anxiety over the future were linked to a lowering of SWB. Asset-based well-being strategies that promote health literacy and build on the resources of young people and local communities are considered as a means for schools to promote well-being.
Keywords: adolescents, subjective well-being, health literacy, asset-based health strategies
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 5
Start Page: 659
End Page: 683