`This book is a "must read" for all students of health psychology, and will be of considerable interest and value to others interested in the field. The discipline has not involved itself with the central issues of this book so far, but Radley has now brought this material together in an accessible way, offering important new perspectives, and directions for the discipline. This book goes a long way towards making sense for, and of, health psychology' - Journal of Health Psychology What are people's beliefs about health? What do they do when they feel ill? Why do they go to the doctor? How do they live with chronic disease? This introduction to the social psychology of health and illness addresses these and ot

Ideas about Health and Staying Healthy

Ideas about health and staying healthy

This and the next two chapters follow the course from health, via the appearance of symptoms, to the medical consultation and the treatment context. As we have seen, questions of health go beyond the medical consultation. People may think about their state of health when feeling well, and before they consult a doctor. This chapter is the first that will look in some detail at the topic of everyday health and illness. It will focus upon people's ideas about health and about what it means to be healthy. It will also examine individuals' reports telling how they avoid illness. Its purpose is, therefore, to present some examples of what people say about these matters, ...

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