Gender and Content Influence Second-Level Students’ Expectations of Health Education Seminars Provided in a Health Promoting Hospital Setting

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Cecily C Kelleher
David Kelly
Oran Finnegan
Mary Kerley
Kirsten Doherty
Irene Gilroy
Greg Conlon
Patricia Fitzpatrick
Leslie Daly

Abstract

Purpose Our objective was to evaluate health education seminars off ered to school transition year students (aged 15-16 years) within the hospital catchment area by means of analysis of self-completed student evaluations of seminars from 2009 to 2013. Internationally, detailed evaluations of such seminars are not widely reported.


Method The seminars aimed to increase students’ knowledge about their health and well being and to enable behaviour change. Male and female students attended one or more of five hour-long seminars; Smoking, Minding Your Mind (MYM), Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL), Cancer Awareness and Alcohol - a Different Approach. Student opinions were recorded via Likert Scale on a structured form. Responses were dichotomised into those who found the seminars strongly met students’ expectations and those who did not. Logistic Regression analysis taking into account gender, seminar type and other relevant variables was used to fi nd predictors of expectation.


Results There were in all 925 respondents. Factors predictive of strongly met expectations were strongly fi nding the seminar interesting, OR 5.11, 95% CI (3.43-7.61), balanced OR 2.49, 95% CI (1.62-3.80) and understandable, OR 2.47, 95% CI (1.53-4.01). These OR were all highly signifi cantly increased p < 0.001. There was also evidence of a signifi cant interaction (p = 0.039) between gender and type of seminar.


Conclusion The importance of gender is demonstrated in this analysis. As with other health promotion activities, more targeted student health seminars could enhance engagement.

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Kelleher CC, Kelly D, Finnegan O, Kerley M, Doherty K, Gilroy I, Conlon G, Fitzpatrick P, Daly L. Gender and Content Influence Second-Level Students’ Expectations of Health Education Seminars Provided in a Health Promoting Hospital Setting. ClinHealthPromot [Internet]. 2014 Oct. 31 [cited 2022 Nov. 28];4(2):54-60. Available from: https://www.clinhealthpromot.org/index.php/clinhp/article/view/clinhp14008
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