'You doctor yourself': health beliefs, resilience and well-being among the Irish in Yorkshire

CASEY, Rionach (2010). 'You doctor yourself': health beliefs, resilience and well-being among the Irish in Yorkshire. Diversity in Health and Care, 7 (2), 129-138.

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    There is a growing body of evidence that points to the poor health of the Irish in the UK. Based upon two focus groups, a total of 15 in-depth interviews and a self-completion survey of Irish people in a medium-sized town in Yorkshire, this paper uses a socio-ecological framework to explore the effect of social and cultural factors on Irish people's health. First, the article argues that the explanatory theory of resilience is central to Irish people's attitudes towards health. Resilience is manifested in the related concept of reliance (on the self and on others), which informs health-seeking behaviours and health service use strategies at both an individual and a community level. Secondly, the social context is a crucial yet hitherto underdeveloped component of Irish people's conceptions of health and health-seeking behaviours. Thirdly, the construction of well-being is also firmly rooted in a social conception of healthy living which has yet to be adequately recognised by health researchers and health policy makers.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
    Page Range: 129-138
    Depositing User: Sarah Ward
    Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 15:06
    Last Modified: 30 May 2013 11:38
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3429

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