"Så letter vi" - a case study

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Nicklas Hackenberg Andersen
4. term, Public Health, Master (Master Programme)
The aim of the study is through interviews of healthcare professionals from “Så letter vi” and parents as well as children to illustrate how sence of coherence affects the child’s and its parents’ change of diet and exercise habits. There will also be tried to identify which aspects of the families’ life that have a positive or negative influence on their effort to change diet and exercise habits.
The study issue will be answered through a case study where to participating families and the healthcare professionals from “Så letter vi” are interviewed. Data are mainly collected through the semi-structured interviews and then through participant observation. The analysis has a deductive approach which means the data from the interviews will be coded and interpreted on the basis of theoretical knowledge. The transcription and coding has been done by using the computerprogram Nvivo.
The families’ SOC affect their ability to change diet and exercise habits, as this has a bearing on whether they understand their pointplan, feel they have the resources to meet this challenge and their commitment. Both children thrive mentally and socially, but there is a difference in how they thrive in a sport context, making a difference on whether this is experienced as meaningful. The families’ personal resources such as health skills and time in everyday life affect their comprehensibility and manageability. Furthermore the families' self-efficacy affects their confidence to be able to master the challenges ”Så letter vi” gives them.
Both families show an understanding of the pointplans, but they do not show the same sense of possessing the resources to handle the challenges of the pointplan, which can also be seen in relation to their experience of meaningfulness. Children's well-being and the families’ total personal resources have an effect on their SOC. “Så letter vi” can support the participants SOC and weight loss by restoring the exercise offer and cooking courses. In general interventions targeting child obesity should be aware of their approaches and diversity of the participants.
Publication date1 Jun 2015
Number of pages108
ID: 213378917