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A Participant Action Research process was carried out with individuals affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease, more specifically Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The results show evidence of a transformation of social representations of disease. ‘Normalization’ is the central...
In this article I outline research which seeks to explore the intersections of dementia, ethnicity and family care. My focus is how research that aims to focus on dementia care and ethnicity illuminates the experiences of members of minoritized ethnic groups in accessing statutory services. I...
While data on perceived morbidity often correlate poorly with clinical morbidity, they can provide an indicator for how women’s concepts of health change in the context of larger transitions in gender and health systems. Drawing on multiple sources of data on perceived morbidity among women in...
This paper focuses on a multimethod qualitative study of the social representations of mental health problems held by clients of the mental health services. Clients appear to represent mental health within representational projects, and, in the course of these projects, situate mental health...
Recent psychological, sociological and cultural theory has suggested that health has become a moral phenomenon. The main aim of this paper is to illustrate how focus groups constitute a particularly useful method of investigating the way in which people routinely engage in moral reasoning in the...
Focusing on wellness and adopting perspectives from positive and perceptual psychology, perceptions about health and illness were studied in 55 families with diabetic children, their siblings (8–17 years old) and mothers. Individual interviews were conducted on definitions of wellness,...
Senior citizens have become a major part of the clientele of general practitioners and home care nurses due to a major demographic transition in most western countries. How do the health concepts in professional practice reflect these trends? Research has largely investigated the health concepts...
This study investigated determinants of active lifestyles in Singaporean university students. Using confirmatory factor analysis, a measure of lay beliefs concerning athletic ability was confirmed. Other results confirmed hypotheses that beliefs reflecting that athletic ability can be developed...
The impact of parents’ illness representations on well-being and illness-related strain of adolescents suffering from a chronic skin disease was examined. Because family characteristics have proved to be important for coping, adolescents’ perceived family cohesion was also assessed. Five...
For several decades, government agencies in the western world have promoted personal responsibility for health and illness. This study explored the extent to which this perspective was integrated into the everyday beliefs about health and illness held by a sample of baby-boomers from eastern...
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