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The Child's World of Illness : The Development of Health and Illness Behaviour - Simon R. Wilkinson

The Child's World of Illness

The Development of Health and Illness Behaviour

Hardcover Published: 29th July 1988
ISBN: 9780521328739
Number Of Pages: 300

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Through an exploration of the child's world of illness, this book discusses the languages of illness that we use to present our discomforts to others. It looks at how illness concepts are introduced to children, how "germ" rationales are incorporated into the socialization of children, and how a particular morality about health and illness is expressed. In addition to this analysis of the social context within which the childrens' views are developing, the book presents the childrens' own views from three years old up to thirteen. The consequences of the understanding gained about how children develop their illness languages are that refreshing new approaches to consultations with children and new emphases on health education are opened up. This book persuades the reader to look more closely at the language of illness, allowing a reappraisal of medical practice, school health programs and class teaching, health education, and even the differences in health among the social classes.

Presenting a problem
The form of dialogue
What has gone before: some background information
The primary structure to the child's world of illness
Germs and bugs: causal agents
Dirt and fresh air: the exogenous system
My castle and the good germs: the endogenous system and its boundary
'Pretend illness': an analysis of how communication patterns can foster particular forms of complaints
The consultation: a form of dialogue
Health education and health promotion
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ISBN: 9780521328739
ISBN-10: 052132873X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 29th July 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.2  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.61