Key Concepts in Health Studies

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Key Concepts in Health Studies provides a much needed guide to the central concepts used across the subject, and offers the reader a comprehensive overview of the core topics, theories and debates. Drawing together the fundamentals within the disciplines of health, nursing, and social policy this book is an ideal text both for students studying health in a range of academic fields, and for health and social care practitioners. From ageism to public health, and gender to obesity, the book offers an exciting guide to the multidisciplinary field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848606746
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/12/2010
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Yuill is a sociologist at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, whose work focuses on the sociology of health and the sociology of urban experiences. In addition to a variety of journal publications and research reports he has written and co-edited a number of textbooks for SAGE, one of his most recent being Sociology for Social Work co-edited with Alastair Gibson. Other texts include Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction with Anne-Marie Barry, which is now in its third edition and has also been translated into Chinese. Chris has also served two terms on the executive of the British Sociological Association.

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Table of Contents

Notes on the text vii

Notes on the authors viii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Defining Health 5

The biomedical model of health 7

The social model of health 11

The social and medical models of disability 15

Alternative or complementary medicine 18

Quality of life measures 23

Functionality 27

Part 2 The Human Life Course 31

The life course 33

Childbirth 36

Childhood 40

Family and individual well-being 44

Social dependency in older age 47

The third age 51

The social organization of death and dying 53

Part 3 Health Protection 59

Social inequalities in health 61

Social capital 64

Risk society 68

Public health 71

Health promotion 75

Work and health 78

Global health 81

Part 4 Health Beliefs and Health Behaviour 87

Models of health behaviour 89

Healthy lifestyle and consumption patterns 94

Lay knowledge and illness attribution 98

Personality and health 101

Embodiment 106

Stress and coping 109

Motivational interviewing in health care 114

Part 5 The Lived Experience of Health and Illness 119

Stigma and labelling theory 121

Medicalization 124

Biographical disruption 127

Professional-client communication 131

Pain 135

Illness narratives 139

Adherence 142

Part 6 Health Care Provision 149

Health care systems 151

Long-term health and social care needs 155

Informal care 158

The role of health professionals 163

Health care governance 168

Institutionalization 171

Health care consumerism and patient choice 175

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