"Happy when they arrive, happy when they go home": Focusing on promoting children's mental health creates a sense of trust at preschools
2016 (English)In: Early years, ISSN 0957-5146, E-ISSN 1472-4421, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2016. 1-14 p.
Mental health promotion, teacher, preschool children, trust, qualitative content analysis
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Public health science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9176DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2016.1191442ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84976574319OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9176DiVA: diva2:907917
Published online: 01 Jul 20162016-03-012016-03-012017-01-11Bibliographically approved