Reconceptualizing the construct of health: integrating emic and etic perspectives
NLM Title Abbreviation
Res Nurs Health
Research in nursing & health
DOI of Published Version
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.
Health, Attitude to Health, Culture, Models, Theoretical
Published Article/Book Citation
Research in nursing & health, 7:2 (1984) pp.101-109.
Research in nursing & health. 1984 Jun;7(2):101-109.