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Health and Social Representations: A Structural Approach

Abstract : Since the development of the theory of social representations (Moscovici, 1961/1976), many studies have focused on health-related objects. Although the social representation of health has already been studied through a socio-genetic/anthropological approach (Herzlich, 1969), it has never been studied in relation to the central core theory (Abric, 1994). Health is a complex and composite object, but it is also normative and normalised. The aim of this research was to underline the representational content of such an object of social representation. To do so, 120 participants took part in the study. They were asked to complete a verbal association task and the data were processed by using both rank-frequency processing and importance-frequency processing as well as similarity analysis. Findings showed an impact of the method on the centrality hypothesis. Well-being and (absence of) illness appeared as the central elements in the case of rank-frequency processing, while only
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Marie-Anastasie Aim, Thibaut Decarsin, Inna Bovina, Lionel Dany. Health and Social Representations: A Structural Approach. Papers on Social Representations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2018, 27, pp.3 - 4. ⟨hal-02527771⟩

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