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Prevalence of health problems among children and the role of health education in promotion of healthy habits

Hana ALamari (College of Education, Kuwait University, Kuwait, Kuwait)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 28 October 2020

Issue publication date: 17 November 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Kindergarten children are more susceptible to diseases as they are still in the process of acquiring immunity. The purpose of this study was to assess kindergarten teachers’ and parents' perception of the prevalence of health problems among children in Kuwait and the role of health education in promotion of healthy habits.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodological aim of this study was to assess the factors that affected kindergarten children's health as children suffered from health problems that affected their quality of life. Therefore, a questionnaire was administered to evaluate kindergarten teachers’ and parents' perception of the main factors that caused increased health problems among children at higher rates than before. A total of 164 teachers and parents were recruited for this study and the questionnaire was completed.

Findings

The results indicated that kindergarten children suffered from different health problems that affected their quality of life. Lack of health knowledge and education in the society was one of the main reasons for the prevalence of these health problems among young children in Kuwait. The findings offered insight about the importance of health education and promotion in prevention of diseases.

Originality/value

This study offers insights into how to increase health knowledge and education in the Kuwaiti community to prevent and decrease health problems that affect children's health.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This research has not been submitted to any institution for funding. Declaration of any conflicting interests: No potential conflicts of interests with respect to the research study, authorship and/or publication of the article.

Citation

ALamari, H. (2020), "Prevalence of health problems among children and the role of health education in promotion of healthy habits", Health Education, Vol. 120 No. 5/6, pp. 265-273. https://doi.org/10.1108/HE-11-2019-0052

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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