`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
Chapter 6: Illness and Gender: Studying Women's Health
Illness and Gender: Studying Women's Health
The last three chapters examined what people think about health, what they do when they feel ill, and how they are treated when they attend the doctor's surgery. In each case, it was shown that people make sense of their experience in the context of relationships with others. This means that the transition from the world of health to that of illness is not automatic. It depends upon interpretations, claims and permissions that are sought and, for the most part, granted. In our treatment of this progression, the reader might have noticed a parallel shift in our concern from society (beliefs), via the individual (symptom experience), to the body (the physical examination). In Chapter ...