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J Health Psychol. 2014 Oct;19(10):1250-60. doi: 10.1177/1359105313488975. Epub 2013 Jul 1.

Does the 'Teddy Bear Hospital' enhance preschool children's knowledge? A pilot study with a pre/post-case control design in Germany.

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1
Philipps University of Marburg, Germany leonhar3@staff.uni-marburg.de.
2
Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.

Abstract

The 'Teddy Bear Hospital' is a medical students' project, which has been increasingly established in many countries. To evaluate this concept, we examined the effects of a German Teddy Bear Hospital on children's knowledge relating to their body, health and disease. Using a quasi-experimental pre/post design, we examined 131 preschool children from 14 German kindergartens with pictorial interview-based scales. The analysis of covariance revealed that the children who visited the Teddy Bear Hospital had a significantly better knowledge concerning their body, health and disease than the children from the control group. This German Teddy Bear Hospital is a good health education vehicle for preschool children.

KEYWORDS:

Germany; health education; health promotion; preschool child; ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’

PMID:
23818510
DOI:
10.1177/1359105313488975
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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