Margareta Sjöblom
Margareta Sjöblom. Photo: Karin Sjöberg View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Childhood perspective important in health promotion work

Published: 20 April 2020

Experiences through life and especially those we have received as children are important in our efforts to promote our health. Margareta Sjöblom has written a dissertation on this.
– I have interviewed children, adults and the elderly and have done analyzes based on their stories. I wanted to give something back after a long working life as a psychotherapist and psychologist, she says.

 

Margareta Sjöblom did interviews with adults and the elderly. The children made drawings from a play situation, which they then talked about. 

Based on that material, Margareta Sjöblom performed scientific analyzes The study is presented in four scientific articles, the last one is now on evaluation, before publication in a scientific journal. The others are already published.

 

Made drawings

She has done interviews with adults and the elderly. The children got to draw drawings from a play situation, which they then told about. Based on that material, Margareta Sjöblom performed analyzes The study is presented in four scientific articles, the last of which is for evaluation before publication in a scientific journal. The others are already published.

– It is important to have an understanding that you carry with you the childhood, the inner child, which has a bearing on how we feel and handle difficulties. We are carrying with us all ages we have had through life and it has consequences for how we process difficulties and how well we succeed with it, says Margareta Sjöblom.

She notes that research shows a trend towards more and more people, children, adults and the elderly suffering from mental illness.

– By gaining a greater insight into the importance of childhood experiences and that all people have an inner ability to deal with adversity, research can contribute to more effective work and be valuable to psychologists and others working to promote human health,  Margareta Sjöblom says.