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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title High School Students' Experiences in School Toilets or Restrooms
Author Norling, Maja ; Stenzelius, Karin ; Ekman, Nina ; Wennick, Anne
Date 2016
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;3
Volume 32
ISSN 1059-8405
Pages 164-171
Language eng (iso)
Subject bowel habits
constipation
defecation
elimination
environment
lower urinary tract symptoms
overdistended bladder
school toilet
student
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19800 Permalink to this page
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