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Social ulighed i sundhed

By Andreas Dahl Jensen, Johan Højlund Ottesen, Marc Kjølby Jensen and Peter Dam Vanggaard

Abstract

Social inequality in health is a problem that the Danish Government wants to solve. In that regard, they have published a report about social inequality in health with the purpose of enlightening the Danish society about the inequality in health. However, the report might have a narrow understanding of health, where they arguably relate a healthy life with a long life and suggest a direct correlation between death rate and health. Inspired by the WHO definition of health, and theory from Aaron Antonovsky, Barbara Fredickson, Ed Diener, and Bjarne Bruun Jensen, this project tries to bring a new understanding of health to change the view and perspective of social inequality in Denmark. Positive emotions, meaningfulness, and hedonic well-being are keywords in the project’s definition of health. To legitimate the project’s own definition of health which is interpreted by WHO’s definition of health, as a state of complete well-being, it utilizes qualitative methods consisting of semi-structured interviews with people from chosen social groups. The qualitative results show that positive emotions and a sense of coherence, is a substantial factor in our informants’ understanding of complete well-being. The project suggests that the Danish Government could have the project’s definition of health in mind when initiating new political initiatives. The results of the qualitative interviews and the project group’s perception of health will eventually be communicated in a hypothetical health promoting video. Additionally, it is important to note that the purpose of this project is not to solve the inequality in health, but to suggest a change of focus in the political agenda

Topics: Sundhed, Ulighed, Samfund
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:rudar.ruc.dk:1800/24767

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