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“Don’t stop believing!” From health religiosity to an equality-enhancing hermeneutic of health promotion
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8173-9242
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). VID Specialized University, Bergen, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
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
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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.

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Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 13, no sup1: Equal Health, article id 1555420
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Health beliefs, health promotion, hermeneutics, religiosity  
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Health Sciences Sociology Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38491DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1555420ISI: 000459729600006PubMedID: 30909824Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85058464612OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-38491DiVA, id: diva2:1268091
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