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Conference Paper: Healthy children, healthy communities: Nurses’ contributions

TitleHealthy children, healthy communities: Nurses’ contributions
Authors
Issue Date2010
PublisherInternational Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).
Citation
The 20th International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) World Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland, 11-15 July 2010, p. abstract no. TP-TUE-204 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: The mental health problems in children are aggravating in Hong Kong and have turned out to be a major public health concern. Objectives: The aim of this paper was to shed light on the mental well-being of Hong Kong Chinese children living in public housing estate. Specifically, this paper discussed how nurses can contribute in enhancing the health and well-being of the children in our society. Underlying values and principles: Children are our greatest treasures, the most precious resource. Besides, Children hold the key of our future. Therefore, for a better & healthy community, and for the better of our future, we must ensure healthy growth and development of our children. Knowledge base/ Evidence base: There is some evidence that children who engaged in healthy lifestyle, such as having healthy eating and regular exercises, was found to have less depressive symptoms, better emotional and physical health than those who did not engage in healthy lifestyle. Context of intervention/project/work: An exploratory study was conducted in the largest public housing estate in Hong Kong. Using convenience sampling, 162 Chinese children aged 7 to 15 years, attended a Health Carnival organized by a community centre in the housing estate were invited to participate the study. Methods: Children were assessed for any presence of depressive symptoms by using the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Besides, childrenřs self-esteem was measured by using the Rosenbergřs Self-esteem Scale. Results and Conclusions: Results: Findings from this study reveal that more than 30% children were potentially at risk of depression or at least presented some depressive symptoms. The results also reveal that there was a medium negative correlation between self-esteem and depression scores. Conclusions: There is an imperative need for nurses to advance their practice and take a more assertive role in enhancing the health and well-being of children in the community. In addition, nurses should take one step forward to extend beyond traditional practice by building partnerships with schools and community to create a harmonious social environment and set up a community supporting network for children so that they can be able to lead a healthy life. Disclosure of Interest: None declared
DescriptionConference theme: Health, Equity and Sustainable Development
Session: Mental Health Across the Life Cycle
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/141284

 

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dc.contributor.authorLi, WHCen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-23T06:30:01Z-
dc.date.available2011-09-23T06:30:01Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 20th International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) World Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland, 11-15 July 2010, p. abstract no. TP-TUE-204en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/141284-
dc.descriptionConference theme: Health, Equity and Sustainable Development-
dc.descriptionSession: Mental Health Across the Life Cycle-
dc.description.abstractBackground: The mental health problems in children are aggravating in Hong Kong and have turned out to be a major public health concern. Objectives: The aim of this paper was to shed light on the mental well-being of Hong Kong Chinese children living in public housing estate. Specifically, this paper discussed how nurses can contribute in enhancing the health and well-being of the children in our society. Underlying values and principles: Children are our greatest treasures, the most precious resource. Besides, Children hold the key of our future. Therefore, for a better & healthy community, and for the better of our future, we must ensure healthy growth and development of our children. Knowledge base/ Evidence base: There is some evidence that children who engaged in healthy lifestyle, such as having healthy eating and regular exercises, was found to have less depressive symptoms, better emotional and physical health than those who did not engage in healthy lifestyle. Context of intervention/project/work: An exploratory study was conducted in the largest public housing estate in Hong Kong. Using convenience sampling, 162 Chinese children aged 7 to 15 years, attended a Health Carnival organized by a community centre in the housing estate were invited to participate the study. Methods: Children were assessed for any presence of depressive symptoms by using the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Besides, childrenřs self-esteem was measured by using the Rosenbergřs Self-esteem Scale. Results and Conclusions: Results: Findings from this study reveal that more than 30% children were potentially at risk of depression or at least presented some depressive symptoms. The results also reveal that there was a medium negative correlation between self-esteem and depression scores. Conclusions: There is an imperative need for nurses to advance their practice and take a more assertive role in enhancing the health and well-being of children in the community. In addition, nurses should take one step forward to extend beyond traditional practice by building partnerships with schools and community to create a harmonious social environment and set up a community supporting network for children so that they can be able to lead a healthy life. Disclosure of Interest: None declared-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherInternational Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) World Conference on Health Promotionen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleHealthy children, healthy communities: Nurses’ contributionsen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLi, WHC: william3@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLi, WHC=rp00528en_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros193912en_US
dc.identifier.spageabstract no. TP-TUE-204-
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