Chapter Outlines

By the end of this chapter, you will:

  • Show an awareness of the role of lay perspectives of health and illness in health care
  • Describe and discuss different theoretical perspectives on popular representations of illness
  • Contrast research that has used a cognitive approach to the study of illness representations with those that have adopted phenomenological, discursive and social approaches
  • Understand the difference between the positivist perspective and the constructivist perspective