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Health Promot Int. 2015 Sep;30(3):552-62. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dat081. Epub 2013 Dec 12.

Health assets for adolescents: opinions from a neighbourhood in Spain.

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1
Health and Family Medicine Program, School of Medicine, Universidad de Concepcion, Concepción, Chile patricia.perezwilson@gmail.com.
2
Andalusian School of Public Health, Granada, Spain.
3
Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK.

Abstract

This study uses a health asset (HA) framework to explore current perspectives on health, wellbeing and their determinants amongst a group of 15-18-year-old adolescents living in the neighbourhood of Zaidin (Granada, Spain). The study was carried out in Summer 2011 using a qualitative approach. It included 20 semi-structured interviews, 2 focus groups with adolescents and 4 semi-structured interviews with key informants (adults who work with adolescents). Narrative data were analysed by means of content analysis methodology, considering the concept of health, HAs and how they are prioritized as dimensions for the analysis. The concept of health defined by adolescents involves physical, psychological and social dimensions. According to them, health is associated with happiness and quality of life. A range of HAs were identified and classified as internal (belonging to the adolescents) and external or contextual. Internal assets are classified into three types: personal traits (assets of 'being'), behaviour (assets of 'doing') and social resources which contribute to their feeling of health and well-being (assets of 'having'). The latter connects internal and external assets. The classification of HAs ('being', 'doing' and 'having') proposed in this study provides a useful starting framework of thinking about how these assets could be organized to support the development of health promotion programmes. The study highlights the opportunity for public policy to contribute to the improvement of the conditions and local scenarios that improve the possibilities for positive connections at the community level.

KEYWORDS:

adolescents; health assets; salutogenesis

PMID:
24334370
DOI:
10.1093/heapro/dat081
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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