Health related quality of life in children: A healthy generation
ISPAH ePoster Library. Andermo S. Oct 15, 2018; 225522; 252
Dr. Susanne Andermo
Dr. Susanne Andermo
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
There are social and gender inequalities in health, with increasing mental health problems especially among girls. Physical activity (PA) is associated with better health, but there is a lack of knowledge of PA interventions for families in disadvantages areas and the impact on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in children. The aim of this study was to assess HRQOL in children after participation in the programme “A Healthy Generation”.Method: The programme is delivered in socio- economic disadvantaged areas in Sweden and offers PA and a hot meal or fruit twice a week from August to May to families with children in grade 2. Children (n=67), aged 8-9 years, participated in this controlled study conducted in four schools, two control- and two intervention schools in Sweden. HRQOL was evaluated using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) 4.0 at baseline and follow-up after the intervention. ANOVA and Linear regression, stratified by sex, were used to evaluate group differences and within group variation. Results:<\b>
There were no significant differences between intervention and control groups for physical, psychosocial or total score. There was a significant relationship between level of participation in “A Healthy Generation” and the physical domain among girls (r=0.44, p=0.01), but not for boys (r= -0.07, p=0.58), in the intervention group. Conclusion:<\b>
The findings suggest that active participation in PA interventions may be important to increase HRQOL among girls. This knowledge can contribute to the development of such interventions in disadvantaged areas. External funding details Funding: The Swedish Heart-Lung foundation and Skandia
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