Title

Reconceptualizing the construct of health: integrating emic and etic perspectives

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

6-1-1984

NLM Title Abbreviation

Res Nurs Health

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Research in nursing & health

PubMed ID

6565303

Abstract

Despite the importance of the health construct for nursing, there is not agreement on the nature of health. In this article, various conceptualizations of health are reviewed, the emic-etic distinction between the concepts of disease and illness is delineated, and a new model of health is presented. This model is illustrated with examples from the folk and scientific domains of one cultural group, Greek Americans. Finally, implications for using this model in nursing practice are discussed and research directions are suggested.

Keywords

Health, Attitude to Health, Culture, Models, Theoretical

Published Article/Book Citation

Research in nursing & health, 7:2 (1984) pp.101-109.

Recommended Citation

Research in nursing & health. 1984 Jun;7(2):101-109.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/74