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‘A healthy lifestyle is a journey’: exploring health perceptions and self-defined facilitators to health through photo-elicitation

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posted on 2023-10-06, 03:46 authored by Iga Palacz-Poborczyk, Kerry Chamberlain, Felix Naughton, Alicja Baska, Aleksandra Luszczynska, Eleanor Quested, Martin S Hagger, Sherry Pagoto, Peter Verboon, Suzanne RobinsonSuzanne Robinson, Dominika Kwasnicka
Objective: The aim of this study was to explore health perceptions and self-defined facilitators to health in general population. An additional aim of the study was to assess if these perceptions were connected with the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Design: We applied photo-elicitation method by gathering original photographs and narratives (captions) via social media and e-mails. Participants (N = 50) were asked to answer the question: ‘What does it mean to be healthy?’. Data were collected online in Poland. We generated and interpreted the main themes associated with common perceptions of health and self-defined facilitators to health using polytextual thematic analysis. Results: The health perception themes were, health as: a ‘long journey’; keeping balance; and self-acceptance. The main facilitators to health were: enjoyment of activities that are part of a healthy lifestyle; planning time for rest; contact with nature, and supportive relationships. Participants’ perceptions of how Covid-19 impacted on their health differed. Conclusions: The findings provide evidence for individual health perceptions and self-defined facilitators to health and can support the development of future health interventions.

History

Journal

Psychology and Health

Volume

ahead-of-print

Pagination

1-29

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0887-0446

eISSN

1476-8321

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

ahead-of-print

Publisher

Taylor & Francis