Concept of Health

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This assignment will use cognitive and affective reflective skills to discuss the concept of health as a psycho-social wellbeing. It will also in-cooperate an account of postnatal depression and its relationship with psycho-social wellbeing and health of a young woman following the birth of her first baby. An attempt will be made to define health; discuss the psychological and social aspects as it relates to health and wellbeing; examine briefly how lay people use the concept and how best the population can make of it.

Health has a variety of meanings which impacts on individuals and groups differently. Recent years have seen a widespread acceptance of a psycho-social model of health. The WHO (1948) as cited in Blaxter (2005) has developed a landmark definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The concept of health as a psycho-social wellbeing hinges on this definition, but has also created controversial opinions amongst writers. The literature largely critize this definition for its lack of practical application (Cameron et al, 2008). Walker and John (2012) claim that even though it lacks coherence in predicting wellbeing in subjective terms (mental wellbeing) and objective terms (physical and social wellbeing) the concept of the definition is a marker for the first detailed equating of health with wellbeing in modern times. Dines and Gibbs (1993) concludes that one may say that health is not being ill or health is wellbeing. Wellbeing as a concept of health integrates mental health (mind) and physical health (body) resulting to a more holistic approaches to disease prevention and health promotion (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). Blaxter (2005) claims that in contemporary western societies the definitions holistic and social consciousness is most favoured. He claim that the element of subjective wellbeing does not make it less...
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