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Holistic Health in Children: Conceptualization, Assessment and Potential

  • Valerie Michaelson
  • Nathan King
  • William Pickett
Book

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Valerie Michaelson, Nathan King, William Pickett
    Pages 1-14
  3. Valerie Michaelson, Nathan King, William Pickett
    Pages 15-30
  4. Valerie Michaelson, Nathan King, William Pickett
    Pages 31-50
  5. Valerie Michaelson, Nathan King, William Pickett
    Pages 51-68
  6. Valerie Michaelson, Nathan King, William Pickett
    Pages 69-87
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 89-104

About this book

Introduction

This book presents the results of the Canadian Holistic Health in Children project. Rooted in an ancient concept, this study addresses some novel thinking surrounding the assessment of health and its determinants in adolescent populations. Holism refers to the assessment of complex systems as composite wholes, instead of or in addition to their constituent parts. This idea is rarely applied to the study of health in children, and its application to adolescent populations represents a potentially important gap in knowledge. It fills this gap by conducting a series of analyses in a mixed methods paradigm.  Quantitatively, it develops new measures and analytic strategies to be used in the assessment of health and its determinants in adolescents, and then applied these a series of national and cross-national studies. Qualitatively, it explores the origins and models of health inferred from existing theory as well as quantitative findings with groups of young people, and captures the richness of their stories in recurrent themes and metaphor.  

This book outlines the basic elements of theory that underlie holistic understandings of adolescent health, quantitative and qualitative findings, and then presents and interprets the results and translates them into a series of practical recommendations.

Keywords

Canadian Holistic Health in Children Health of Canadian Adolescents Holistic Child Health Public Health Agency of Canada Canadian Institutes of Health Research Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Theory of Holism Study of Health in Adolescents Adolescent Health Research Program Influences of the Health of Adolescents Holistic Understandings of Adolescent Health

Authors and affiliations

  • Valerie Michaelson
    • 1
  • Nathan King
    • 2
  • William Pickett
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Public Health Sciences and School of ReligionQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Public Health SciencesQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Public Health SciencesQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64831-6
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64830-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64831-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7644
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7652
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