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Relationships between health and culture in Polynesia - A review

Capstick, Stuart B. ORCID:, Norris, Pauline, Sopoaga, Faafetai and Tobata, Wale 2009. Relationships between health and culture in Polynesia - A review. Social Science & Medicine 68 (7) , pp. 1341-1348. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.01.002

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This review of journal articles and book chapters discusses the health beliefs characteristic of Polynesia and reveals several themes. These are: commonality in health conceptualisations across the cultures of the region which differ from the conceptualisations of biomedicine; the role of the relational self, traditional living and communalism in understanding health; the place of spirituality and religion in health and illness causation; and pluralism and pragmatism in health-seeking behaviour. Suggestions are made as to how awareness of key ideas might contribute to effective planning of health promotion and intervention activities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polynesia; Pacific; Health beliefs; Culture; Oceania; Health promotion; Review
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0277-9536
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 09:19

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