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An Evaluation of Factors Which Can Affect the Implementation of a Health Promotion Programme Under the Schools for Health in Europe Framework
Bennett, Annemarie; Cunningham, Cara; Johnston Molloy, Charlotte
The Health Promoting Schools concept helps schools to promote health in a sustainable and long-term fashion. However, developing the capacity to promote health in this way can be challenging when a busy teaching curriculum must be fulfilled. This study aimed to identify factors which affect the acceptability of health promotion programmes to the everyday school environment. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were audio-taped with primary school teachers in one Irish county and transcribed verbatim. The resulting transcripts were analysed using content analysis. Thirty-one teachers were interviewed. The factors which may adversely affect the acceptability of health promotion programmes include the: attitude of teachers towards an additional extra-curricular workload; lack of confidence amongst teachers to lead health promotion; and different organisational cultures between schools. When health promotion programmes under the Health Promoting Schools concept are being implemented, it’s important to consider: the readiness for change amongst teachers; the resources available to increase staff capacity to promote health; and the ability of a programme to adapt to the different organisational cultures between schools.
Keyword(s): Schools for Health in Europe; School health promotion programme; Health Promoting Schools; Teachers; Schoolchildren; Community Health and Preventive Medicine; Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition; Public Health Education and Promotion
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Contributor(s): Westmeath Community Development Ltd.
Institution: Dublin Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Articles
Publisher(s): Dublin Institute of Technology
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2017-02-03 06:52:44 Last Updated: 2017-12-14 07:09:12