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"Happy when they arrive, happy when they go home": Focusing on promoting children's mental health creates a sense of trust at preschools
Department of Research and Development, Region Halland, Halmstad, Sweden.
Regional Office, Region Halland, Halmstad, Sweden.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for health promotion and care sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3452-3761
2016 (English)In: Early years, ISSN 0957-5146, E-ISSN 1472-4421, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

A need for research on young children’s mental health has been identified. Moreover, there is a need to enhance teachers’ skills regarding health promotion work in preschool. The aim of the study is to examine the impact of a specific course on mental health promotion among Swedish preschool teachers. Data were gathered through interviews and documentation. A qualitative content analysis was used. Three categories: ‘attention’, ‘belonging’ and ‘personal growth’ – and six subcategories emerged from the analysis. The latent content of these categories is described in the theme: ‘Increased awareness, in thoughts and actions, of promoting mental health may create a sense of trust at preschools’. The results show that a specific course to promote mental health enhanced the teachers’ awareness of mental health which improved their work with children. This contributed to the development of a sense of trust at preschools, which is important to children’s mental health.

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Routledge, 2016. 1-14 p.
Keyword [en]
Mental health promotion, teacher, preschool children, trust, qualitative content analysis
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9176DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2016.1191442ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84976574319OAI: diva2:907917

Published online: 01 Jul 2016

Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2017-01-11Bibliographically approved

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