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Theories of how the school environment impacts on student health: systematic review and synthesis

Bonell, Chris, Fletcher, Adam, Jamal, F., Wells, H., Harden, A., Murphy, Simon and Thomas, J. 2013. Theories of how the school environment impacts on student health: systematic review and synthesis. Health & Place 24 , p. 242. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.09.014

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Public-health interventions informed by theory can be more effective but complex interventions often use insufficiently complex theories. We systematically reviewed theories of how school environments influence health. We included 37 reports drawing on 24 theories. Narrative synthesis summarised and categorised theories. We then produced an integrated theory of school environment influences on student health. This integrated theory could inform complex interventions such as health promoting schools programmes. Using systematic reviews to develop theories of change might be useful for other types of ‘complex’ public-health interventions addressing risks at the individual and community levels.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Schools; Adolescent; Review; Complex intervention; Theory
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1353-8292
Funders: NIHR PHR
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 01:57

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