Health Literacy: An Exploration of the Concept in a Life-as-Lived

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dc.contributor.advisorWinchester, W. Ian S.
dc.contributor.authorHolstine Vander Valk, Donna
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-02T16:52:32Z
dc.date.available2014-06-16T07:00:37Z
dc.date.issued2014-05-02
dc.date.submitted2014en
dc.description.abstractHealth literacy has become a relatively popular notion in the past 15 years in both the policy and professional-practices realms in Canada and abroad. While health literacy has emerged from public health, health education, and health promotion, historically, its increasing presence in discourses surrounding clinical and public health practices has focused on defining, measuring, and operationalising notions of health literacy, rather than attempting to understand what health literacy means to and has to offer the actual individuals implicated in its practice. In seeking to understand health literacy more deeply, a critical literature review has been undertaken; from this point, in pursuit of a greater appreciation of the overlapping and intersecting notions in the field of health literacy, an auto/ethnographic account of the concept from the perspective of a new mother and a new chronic illness and injury patient has been constructed. What has resulted is a classically composed, but narratively varied, examination of these impressions and experiences. Ultimately, no common account of health literacy has emerged: rather, what has been found is more closely akin to a ‘family resemblance’, one that presents challenges, and perhaps opportunities, to expand the discussions clinically and publically about this notion that, finally, affects us all.en_US
dc.identifier.citationHolstine Vander Valk, D. (2014). Health Literacy: An Exploration of the Concept in a Life-as-Lived (Doctoral thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca. doi:10.11575/PRISM/26343en_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/26343
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11023/1475
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisher.facultyGraduate Studies
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subjectEducation--Health
dc.subjectBiography
dc.subjectHealth Care Management
dc.subject.classificationHealthen_US
dc.subject.classificationLiteracyen_US
dc.subject.classificationMotheringen_US
dc.subject.classificationAutoethnographyen_US
dc.subject.classificationNarrativeen_US
dc.subject.classificationChronicen_US
dc.subject.classificationIllnessen_US
dc.subject.classificationinjuryen_US
dc.subject.classificationFamilyen_US
dc.subject.classificationResemblanceen_US
dc.titleHealth Literacy: An Exploration of the Concept in a Life-as-Lived
dc.typedoctoral thesis
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Research
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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