School aged children health and welfare

Maria Isabel Noronha Manuel Alves Rodrigues About the authors

The perception that children have about their own health is an important indicator for devising strategies to promote child health. This co relational study analyzes the health perceptions of an accidental probability sample of 216 Portuguese children during basic education. The data collection questionnaire (CHIP-CE) showed good psychometric properties (alpha = 0.84). The results show the following averages and standard deviations for five factors: Comfort (4.34, 0.45), Risk avoidance (4.18, 0.53), Satisfaction (4.03, 0.56), Resilience (3.75; 0.60), and Achievement (3.75, 0.60). Resilience and Risk avoidance are factors with lower values. Difficulties in doing the homework and in socializing with peers identify the problematic indicators of the resilience scale. The results allow us to describe health profiles and health plan education interventions for school children, especially regarding the relationships and motivation for studying.

Child Welfare; Health Profile; School Health

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