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Social Policy Review 18Analysis and debate in social policy, 2006$
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Linda Bauld, Karen Clarke, and Tony Maltby

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348449

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348449.001.0001

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Being well and well-being: the value of community and professional concepts in understanding positive health

Being well and well-being: the value of community and professional concepts in understanding positive health

Chapter:
(p.120) (p.121) Seven Being well and well-being: the value of community and professional concepts in understanding positive health
Source:
Social Policy Review 18
Author(s):

Elaine Cameron

Jonathan Mathers

Jayne Parry

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348449.003.0007

This chapter draws on empirical evidence regarding professionals and service users' views. It draws on the results of a Department of Health-funded study to explore understanding of health and well-being from the perspective of community members and professionals. It describes how the literature on concepts of health and illness has broadened in recent years to include a growing focus on positive health and well-being. It argues that specific definitions of positive health are, however, difficult to identify. It further argues using findings from the HealthCounts study that more work is needed to develop theoretical frameworks around positive health. It finds that concepts of well-being in themselves are not sufficient unless well specified, and are closely linked with formal or official discourse rather than individual or community views. It argues that lay accounts of positive health can help to broaden understanding of health and its influences as well as improve its measurement.

Keywords:   empirical evidence, professionals and service users, Department of Health, health and well-being, positive health, HealthCounts

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