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Living at the Intersection: Exploring the Relationship between Youth Health and Wellbeing, Place, and After-School Programs in Small Urban Towns

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dc.contributor.advisor Lauzon, Allan
dc.contributor.author Cross, Heather
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-02T21:38:16Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-02T21:38:16Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-12
dc.date.created 2012-12-17
dc.date.issued 2013-01-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/5138
dc.description.abstract This thesis explored the connection between rural youth health/wellbeing and after-school programs as perceived by adult after-school program staff and affiliated community members. For this qualitative case study, purposive sampling was used to recruit eighteen key informants who participated in individual semi-structured interviews and one validation focus group. Informants described health and wellbeing in relation to youth as including three integrated dimensions – mental health, physical health, and having resources and supports. Three intervening factors connected attendance at the program with health and wellbeing – the eclectic mix of activities, relationships and connections, and having a designated “place for youth”. Positive health/wellbeing outcomes included reduced stress, staying positive, feeling accepted, engaging in physical activity, learning to have goals, building skills, making healthy choices, and reducing the need for risk-taking behaviours. These results can inform future impact evaluations addressing youth health/wellbeing and guide program planning decisions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject Wellbeing en_US
dc.subject Place en_US
dc.subject After School Programs en_US
dc.subject Rural en_US
dc.title Living at the Intersection: Exploring the Relationship between Youth Health and Wellbeing, Place, and After-School Programs in Small Urban Towns en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Capacity Development and Extension en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US


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