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Applying social theory to understand health-related behaviours

Holman, Daniel and Borgstrom, Erica (2016). Applying social theory to understand health-related behaviours. Medical Humanities, 42(2) pp. 143–145.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1136/medhum-2015-010688
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Abstract

Health-related behaviours are a concern for contemporary health policy and practice given their association with a range of illness outcomes. Many of the policies and interventions aimed at changing health-related behaviours assume that people are more or less free to choose their behaviour and how they experience health. Within sociology and anthropology, these behaviours are viewed not as acts of choice but as actions and practices situated within a larger sociocultural context. In this paper, we outline three theoretical perspectives useful in understanding behaviours that may influence one's health in this wider context: theories of social practice, social networks and interactionism. We argue that by better understanding how health-related behaviours are performed in people's everyday lives, more suitable interventions and clinical management can be developed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1473-4265
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetFSHI (Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness)
Keywords: health behaviour; theory
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 46831
Depositing User: Erica Borgstrom
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 10:33
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 06:27
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46831
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