Survey of parents, nurses, and school principals on their perceptions of the controversial role of schools in health promotion

Samuel Gross, Herman Avner Cohen, Ernesto Kahan*

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Abstract

Background: The aim of this paper was to study the perceptions of parents, nurses, and school principals of the role of the health services in elementary schools. Methods: A questionnaire was distributed to the heads of parents' committees, school nurses, and school principals of 35 randomly selected elementary public schools in Israel. Respondents were asked to qualify the degree of importance of the traditional and contemporary roles of the school health-care team. Results: Response rates were 80.0% for parents, 100% for nurses, and 97.1% for principals. All respondents agreed that both the traditional and new roles are very important. Nurses rated three interconnected roles significantly lower than parents and school principals: 'Evaluation of students with behavioral problems', 'Evaluation of students with low academic performance', and 'Follow up and care of students with behavioral problems and low performance'. Conclusion: Nurses, parents and school principals in Israel agree that the traditional roles of health teams in elementary schools, that is, providing first aid and ensuring school hygiene, are very important. Most are ready to accept a move from an illness-based to a social-based model, with less time spent on screening and surveillance and more on identifying and managing special needs of children and staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-47
Number of pages4
JournalPediatrics International
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Child health
  • Health education
  • Health professionals
  • Health-care services
  • School health

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