Social Significance of Health Promotion / Edition 1

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The Social Significance of Health Promotion sets health promotion in its historical context and delineates its contemporary role. It explores the potential of health promotion to impact on our social values and sense of community.

The book begins by exploring the historical roots of health promotion and its relationship to the medical model of health. It moves on to present analyses of contemporary health promotion programmes in which the contributors are actively engaged. These chapters discuss current questions for health promotion from a practitioner perspective and from the point of view of their social impact. They cover a wide range of topical issues such as exclusion and inclusion, the mental health of children, the role of alternative medicine, and health in the workplace.

Emphasising the centrality of empowerment, participation and advocacy to an effective health promotion programme, The Social Significance of Health Promotion brings students and health professionals right up to date with the latest initiatives and theories.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Raymond C. Tervo, MD (Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare )
Description: This book introduces and updates the theory and practice of health promotion and its potential impact on social values and sense of community.
Purpose: The purpose is to inform and stimulate discourse on health promotion. These are worthy objectives and the book meets them.
Audience: It is intended for students and professionals. Many of the contributors are authorities engaged in health promotion. Their views on health promotion in areas such as children's mental health, sexual health and culture, occupational health, and alternative medicine are helpful.
Features: The book begins with an overview of the historical roots of health promotion and its relationship to the biomedical model. The book presents the perspectives of those engaged in health promotion programs and builds on their experience. It is clearly written and accessible and a few tables and figures amplify the text. Extensive reference lists are current and relevant. Significant omissions might include minimal or no discussion about communication theory, economics, or social marketing.
Assessment: This attractively presented book is a useful introduction for professionals and graduate students applying the techniques of health promotion to public health policies, programs, and practices. The chapters discussing specific programs successfully integrate content and experience. Before reading this book, professionals grounded in the biomedical model ought to be braced for other viewpoints. The authors have assembled a new book that is supplemental reading for all interest in understanding and doing health promotion.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415301978
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/11/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

b1. Ancient Epistemological Bases for Health Promotion 2. The Development of Modern Health Promotion 3. The Idea of 'Participation' in Health Research and Evaluation 4. Participation and Empowerment in Community Care 5. Social Inclusion and Inequalities in Health 6. Promoting Children's Mental Health 7. Zimbabweans in England: Building Capacity for Culturally Competent Health Promotion 8. Contested Macroeconomic Policy as Health Policy: The World Bank in Ukraine 9. Understanding Workplace Health Promotion 10. Health Promotion and Alternative Medicine 11. The Growing Social Significance of Health Promotion in Twentieth Century Scotland 12. Valuing 'Lay' and Practitioner Knowledge in Evaluation: The Role of Participatory Evaluation in Health Promotion

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