Discourses on the influence of the social environment in the drive towards a healthier lifestyle

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Abstract

Research question: How do Danish middle-aged urban dwellers verbalize the influence of their social environment in the drive towards a healthier lifestyle? Data: 10 semi-structured, qualitative interviews; six men and five women with high blood pressure, overweight, signs of diabetes or high cholesterol level. Concepts: Discourse, self-technology , social mirroring, role , social identity . Conclusion: Interviewees draw on a 'discourse of lifestyle changes' containing two sub-discourses: the ‘sub-discourse of encouragement’ vs. the 'sub-discourse of fear’. The near social environment (family, colleagues, and health staff) matters a lot to change of lifestyle. Still, interviewees maintain that it is up to themselves as individuals to succeed. Such perspective may blur environmental explanations of lifestyle diseases. Health staff could use this knowledge to relieve people from feelings of guilt and self-blame.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato25 maj 2015
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 25 maj 2015
Begivenhed12th International Conference on Urban Health 2015 - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Varighed: 24 maj 201527 maj 2015

Konference

Konference12th International Conference on Urban Health 2015
LandBangladesh
ByDhaka
Periode24/05/1527/05/15

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