Children's knowledge of health and illness: implications for health education

Child Care Health Dev. Sep-Oct 1983;9(5):285-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.1983.tb00326.x.


20 children at each of 4 age-levels (6, 8, 9 and 11 years) were interviewed about their knowledge of health and illness. Children were asked to define 'being healthy' and what they must do to remain healthy. Knowledge of diseases and their prevention was poor. Children assigned a central role to diet in maintaining good health. The results are discussed in relation to possible ways of improving health education to school-children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Diet
  • Disease
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • Psychology, Child*