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An Autobiography of Health: A Study of Health and Identity Amongst Perimenopausal Women

Christodoulou, Jacqueline (2006) An Autobiography of Health: A Study of Health and Identity Amongst Perimenopausal Women. In: Narrative, Memory & Knowledge: Representations, Aesthetics, Contexts. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 127-134.

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      This paper presents a qualitative exploration of how perimenopausal women
      construct and re-construct their health identity. Using a narrative approach, 30
      women between the ages of 35 and 55 were interviewed twice. A narrative
      methodology was employed involving the study of tones and images in the
      narrative accounts, in addition to thematic analysis. The research shows that
      women consider reproductive health to be pathological, but of paramount
      importance in the construction of the health identity. The embodiment of these
      reproductive milestones in the world is explored through examining, personal,
      interpersonal, positioned and situated (Murray, 2000) tones, themes and images
      throughout the accounts. Additionally, themes of health strategising were
      explored and revealed the importance of both wellbeing and illness in social
      constructions of the health identity. A reflexive approach to the research
      grounds this study in Oldham, a socially and economically deprived
      regeneration area in the UK, and enables the voices of previously unheard
      women to emerge through the research in a person-centred account of health
      identity construction.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
      R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 09:42
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:10


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