High School Students' Experiences in School Toilets or Restrooms

DSpace Repository

High School Students' Experiences in School Toilets or Restrooms

Show full item record

Files for download

Find Full text There are no files associated with this item.


Simple item record

Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title High School Students' Experiences in School Toilets or Restrooms
Author(s) Norling, Maja ; Stenzelius, Karin ; Ekman, Nina ; Wennick, Anne
Date 2015
English abstract
Previous research about school toilets is based on studies of children in elementary school. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore the experiences when using the school toilets reported by students aged 16-18 years. Qualitative interviews with 21 students were conducted and analyzed using content analysis. The data revealed that the toilets were considered insecure, dirty, and unpleasant. Additionally, students refrained from drinking during school hours and remained in constant movement or jumped up and down to withhold urine and stool. This was illustrated in the following categories: assessing the toilet environment, coping with the situation, and feeling exposed. Hence, there is an urgent need to improve the school toilet environment in order to respect the rights of all students to void or defecate when necessary, a process which will require involvement of students, teachers, and other school staff as well as the School Health Service.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1059840515611476 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Journal of School Nursing;
Volume 16
ISSN 1059-8405
Pages 1-8
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) bowel habits
lower urinary tract symptoms
overdistended bladder
school toilet
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19800 (link to this page)

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record



My Account