A Framework for Exploring Adolescent Wellness
Shelley Spurr, Jill Bally, Marcella Ogenchuk, Keith Walker
This article presents and explains a “Framework for Exploring Adolescent
Wellness” and outlines a research approach used to explore adolescent wellness
specific to the discipline of nursing. The “Framework for Exploring Adolescent
Wellness” assessed the concept of wellness through the perceptions of youth
and sought to explain the relationship between adolescent well-being and development.
A wellness survey was used to collect data from 280 youth, 16 to 20
years old, in two Western Canadian high schools. Their perceptions of wellness
meant more to them than regular physical activity and healthy eating. The majority
of youth suggested that psychological (89%), social (85%), and physical
(80%) development made the most significant contribution to adolescent wellness.
Slightly more than half the youth felt that spirituality (53%) contributed to
their sense of wellness. These research findings indicate the need for an
approach to adolescent nursing care that includes a high priority and greater visibility
to the practice and philosophy of wellness.