'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.

Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rmp/dhc/2010...

Abstract

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: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 16:06
Last Modified: 30 May 2013 12:38
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3429

Actions (login required)

View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics