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J Qual Res Health Sci 2016, 4(4): 395-405 Back to browse issues page
Explaining the Concept of Self-Care in Adolescents
mrs Elham Zare, Masoumeh Simbar , Zohreh Shahhoseini
, Associate Professor shahid beheshti university of medical science,nursing and midwifery faculty
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Introduction: Attention to the health of adolescents is investing in the future of any country and their
health improvement depends upon their empowerment in terms of self-care. The purpose of this study was
to clarify the concept of self-care from the perspective of adolescents in order to take a step towards
improving the health of adolescents and the community.
Method: This qualitative study was conducted through content analysis. The study participants consisted
of 52 (13-18 years old) adolescents. Data were collected through 10 individual semi-structured in-depth
interviews and 7 focus group discussions. The subjects were selected through purposive sampling from
among residents of various regions in Tehran, Iran, in 2014. Data were analyzed using conventional
content analysis method.
Results: Data analysis revealed 5 major and 10 minor themes. The themes included healthy nutrition
(adhering to a healthy diet, avoiding unhealthy food pattern), physical activity (creating the base for
physical activity within the society, creating suitable conditions for physical activity in schools),
observance of hygiene (observance of personal hygiene, management to reduce the risks of living in
polluted air), sleep (correct pattern of sleep and rest, avoiding the causes of sleep disorders), avoidance of
tobacco, drugs, and alcohol (modifying individual risk factors, modifying environmental risk factors).
Conclusion: To promote adolescent health, the development of health plans based on self-care by
policymakers is essential.

Keywords: Adolescent, Health, Self-care
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2015/06/24 | Accepted: 2015/11/10 | Published: 2016/07/3
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Zare E, Simbar M, Shahhoseini Z. Explaining the Concept of Self-Care in Adolescents. J Qual Res Health Sci. 2016; 4 (4) :395-405
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