`This book constitutes a valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers. Most.... of the chapters succeed in providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to the various approaches and//or methods, thus enabling the reader to make an informed decision about whether or not they wish to pursue the topic further. The book as a whole is also very well referenced and this makes it a source of essential information for students and researchers with an interest in qualitative health psychology' - Health Psychology Update This book explains the role of qualitative research within health psychology. Theories and methods from a qualitative perspective are highly varied but, in general, differ from the po
Chapter 9: Talking to Children about Health and Illness
Talking to Children about Health and Illness
In modern western society, children's health is very much taken for granted. Improved nutrition and housing, vaccination and antibiotics have drastically reduced the incidence of illness among children – so much so that children rarely experience serious illness. However, children still do develop a variety of less serious health problems. They will also encounter some children with serious illnesses. In this changing situation what do children think of health and illness? It is possible to point to a very substantial literature concerned with adult views of health and illness and ask why we should consider the question separately for children (Petrie and Weinman, 1997). Differences between the types of illness ...