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Women's Health

  • By: Shelly Campo
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and simply the absence of disease or frailty. Accordingly, the concept of women's health has expanded beyond what historically was a narrow focus from health care providers, medical researchers, and media and health communicators on disorders associated with the female reproductive system to encompass other health issues that create a significant burden in women's lives. The health of women is determined by biological makeup, behaviors, and the social, cultural, and environmental contexts in which genetic vulnerabilities and individual traits and behaviors are developed and shown. The biological aspects of women are shaped by sex and the social, cultural, and environmental contexts are largely shaped through gender, both the ...

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