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Time for Health Education

Edited By Kaarina Määttä and Satu Uusiautti

Health and healthy life styles are something that we all would like to induce in our youths and children. This book provides a new perspective for health education. It represents Finnish ideas and solutions of health education and provides analyses of health promotion. In today’s world, health education is expected to offer holistic information and increase understanding about the communal and environmental health issues along with individual choices and concern over fellow humans. This book presents a multidimensional analysis starting from the history of health education to the most current innovative health concepts. The book also includes hands-on examples of health promotion at various education levels.
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How to Overcome Bullying at School?

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Sanna Hoisko, Satu Uusiautti and Kaarina Määttä

Bullying is an unfortunate part of humanity: it occurs in the human relationships and therefore, also at school. Bullying is a subtype of aggressive behavior, in which an individual or a group of individuals repeatedly attacks, humiliates, and/or excludes a relatively powerless person 1. Bullying as a phenomenon is widely studied in a variety of disciplines during the past few decadessee 1,2,3,4. More and more expressions of violence and malaise take place in schools and youth campssee also 5,6 —even in the form of ultimate violence, massacre, as happened for example in Norway (July 2011) and Finland (November 2007) traditionally considered as “lands of milk and honey”. In Finland, bullying at school has drawn increasing attention since the massacres as bullying was found as one of the background factors in these events. There are differences in the prevalence of bullying within countries3; yet, between 8–54% of school-age children become victims of bullying according to international studies7,8.

There are numerous interventions and methods to prevent and stop bullying at schoole.g. 4 but still the number of victims is countless. In this study, the focus is on the victims’ perception on their coping methods. Particularly, researchers will study adult ex- victims’ experiences. Bullying may destroy its victim’s life but there are also success stories about people who have survived and even succeeded in their life after being bullied at school.

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