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Pelters, B. & Roxberg, Å. (2018). “Don’t stop believing!” From health religiosity to an equality-enhancing hermeneutic of health promotion. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 13(sup1: Equal Health), Article ID 1555420.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Don’t stop believing!” From health religiosity to an equality-enhancing hermeneutic of health promotion
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no sup1: Equal Health, article id 1555420Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Health beliefs are usually regarded as subjective understandings of one’s health. They can, however, be re-interpreted by drawing on the understanding that the structural features of the health discourse resemble the characteristics of a religion and on the spiritual dimension of health with its possibly salutogenic influence. The applicability of the notion of“health religiosity” and its consequences for individual health promotion are explored.

Method: Data consist of already existent semi-structured interviews. These have been reana- lyzed in a deductive-hermeneutical way by using a five-dimensional concept of religiosity as deductive template.

Results: The concept of religiosity proved to be productive and revealed that all health dimensions in the case are infused with spiritually ennobled ideas.

Conclusion: We conclude that, irrespective of their factual accuracy, the salutogenic potential of ennobled ideas may best be utilized by understanding them hermeneutically. An explora- tion of a narrative hermeneutic approach to individual health promotion is suggested as the merging of meaning horizons in a hermeneutic dialogue is expected to increase awareness of spiritualized aspects of health beliefs. This may mitigate healthism and health disparities. Moreover, three challenges for individual health promotion are anticipated: realizing the situation, recognizing its complexity and resisting a simplistic practical approach. © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Health beliefs, health promotion, hermeneutics, religiosity  
National Category
Health Sciences Sociology Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38491 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2018.1555420 (DOI)000459729600006 ()30909824 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85058464612 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-12-04 Created: 2018-12-04 Last updated: 2019-03-29Bibliographically approved
Pelters, B. (2018). On mountains and prophets: targeting majorities to support minorities by using norm-critics in health education. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 13(sup1: Equal Health), Article ID 1522203.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On mountains and prophets: targeting majorities to support minorities by using norm-critics in health education
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no sup1: Equal Health, article id 1522203Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This debate article advocates for norm-critics instead of empowering coping and pedagogy of tolerance as an educational approach to mitigate stigmatization as well as blame and guilt for health-deviant minorities within the field of health disparities. Norm-critics is a way of making members of the (presumably healthy) normative majority uncover and question their healthrelated norms and raise awareness for the processes by which members of that majority re/construct images of stereotypic figures (such as “the fatso” or “the couch-potato”) with certain personal character traits which are to be condemned and, in doing so, limit the acting space of those identified as examples of those figures. The approach, its theoretical background, arguments promoting norm-critics, and some suggestions for its practical application are presented. It is concluded that norm-critics render a valuable and much needed addition to the health intervention repertoire. © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
Power, stigma, coping, norms, norm-critical education, health disparities
National Category
Educational Sciences Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38543 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2018.1522203 (DOI)30289027 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85054375751 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-12-12 Created: 2018-12-12 Last updated: 2019-04-01Bibliographically approved
Winterling, J., Wiklander, M., Micaux Obol, C., Lampic, C., Eriksson, L. E., Pelters, B. & Wettergren, L. (2016). Development of a Self-Help Web-Based Intervention Targeting Young Cancer Patients With Sexual Problems and Fertility Distress in Collaboration With Patient Research Partners. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(2), e60, Article ID e60.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development of a Self-Help Web-Based Intervention Targeting Young Cancer Patients With Sexual Problems and Fertility Distress in Collaboration With Patient Research Partners
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2016 (English)In: JMIR Research Protocols, ISSN 1929-0748, E-ISSN 1929-0748, Vol. 5, no 2, p. e60-, article id e60Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The Internet should be suitable for delivery of interventions targeting young cancer patients. Young people are familiar with the technologies, and this patient group is small and geographically dispersed. Still, only few psycho-educational Web-based interventions are designed for this group. Young cancer patients consider reproductive health, including sexuality, an area of great importance and approximately 50% report sexual problems and fertility-related concerns following cancer treatment. Therefore, we set out to develop a self-help Web-based intervention, Fex-Can, to alleviate such problems. To improve its quality, we decided to involve patients and significant others as research partners. The first 18 months of our collaboration are described in this paper. The intervention will subsequently be tested in a feasibility study followed by a randomized controlled trial.

Objective: The study aims to describe the development of a Web-based intervention in long-term collaboration with patient research partners (PRPs).

Methods: Ten former cancer patients and two significant others participated in building the Web-based intervention, using a participatory design. The development process is described according to the design step in the holistic framework presented by van Gemert-Pijnen et al and evaluates the PRPs’ impact on the content, system, and service quality of the planned intervention.

Results: The collaboration between the research group and the PRPs mainly took place in the form of 1-day meetings to develop the key components of the intervention: educational and behavior change content, multimedia (pictures, video vignettes, and audios), interactive online activities (eg, self-monitoring), and partial feedback support (discussion forum, tailored feedback from experts). The PRPs influenced the intervention’s content quality in several ways. By repeated feedback on prototypes, the information became more comprehensive, relevant, and understandable. The PRPs gave suggestions concerning the number of exercises and pointed out texts and pictures needing revision (eg, experienced as normative or stereotypical) to increase the persuasiveness of the program. The system quality was improved by PRPs’ feedback on design, technical malfunctions, and navigation on the website. Based on feedback about availability of professional support (technical problems and program content), the organization for support was clarified, which increased service quality. The PRPs also influenced the research project on an overall level by suggesting modifications of inclusion criteria for the RCT and by questioning the implementation plan.

Conclusions: With suggestions and continuous feedback from PRPs, it was possible to develop a Web-based intervention with persuasive design, believed to be relevant and attractive for young persons with cancer who have sexual problems or fertility distress. In the next step, the intervention will be tested in a feasibility study, followed by an RCT to test the intervention’s effectiveness in reducing sexual problems and fertility distress.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Toronto: J M I R Publications, Inc., 2016
Keywords
adolescent, clinical trial, Internet, neoplasms, online systems, patient participation, technology, telemedicine, young adult
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32270 (URN)10.2196/resprot.5499 (DOI)000381213600042 ()000381213600042 (PubMedID)
Projects
Fex-Can
Available from: 2016-10-23 Created: 2016-10-23 Last updated: 2018-10-22Bibliographically approved
Pelters, B. & Wijma, B. (2016). Neither a sinner nor a saint: Health as a present-day religion in the age of healthism. Social Theory & Health, 14(1), 129-148
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neither a sinner nor a saint: Health as a present-day religion in the age of healthism
2016 (English)In: Social Theory & Health, ISSN 1477-8211, E-ISSN 1477-822X, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 129-148Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Western societies, religious imagery is often used in conjunction with the topic ‘health’ in this biomedicalized, healthistic time, but is that enough to qualify the structural characteristics of the presentations and practices of health as a present-day health religion? And what may be gained by adopting such a perspective? This article explores these questions by a hermeneutical rereading, using a comprehensive list of 10 religious features derived from the sociology of religion on texts describing (a) religiously charged health phenomena, (b) the interconnection between health and society and (c) health theories. The results show that health can rightfully be called a religion, with characteristics resembling Weber’s protestant work ethic, which may accelerate the formation of a new economic and health-related underclass. Viewing health from a religious angle has the potential of introducing new concepts and ideas of religious origin into the sphere of health. We believe that this introduction will facilitate and inspire new ways of thinking about health which add a ‘religious edge’ to the seeming rationality of health, that is, an emotionalized commitment to health as a dignified authority, which an understanding of health as a moral obligation hardly captures. © 2016 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Keywords
representations of health, religion, power, healthism, commitment
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30099 (URN)10.1057/sth.2015.21 (DOI)000368960800007 ()2-s2.0-84954193511 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-12-23 Created: 2015-12-23 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
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