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AO1- The three definitions of health, holistic, positive and negative

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´╗┐AO1: For this part of the unit I am going to be exploring the different and varied definitions of health. I will also give a short report of my completion of the questionnaire I took on what health meant to me as an individual and then give a comprehensive description on the 3 different concepts of health, holistic, positive and negative. Definitions of Health: ?Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity? (WHO 1948) ?The extent to which an individual or a group is able to realise aspirations and satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health is a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living; it is a positive concept emphasising social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities? (WHO 1984) ...read more.


The definition of health for a single person can also change significantly through a person?s lifetime, as they change physically and as their circumstances change. Physical health, is in general the overall effectiveness of how the body functions, Emotional health is the individual?s ability to recognised, express and cope with a range of emotions, such as anger, for example a person who has poor emotional health may struggle to calm down and control their anger. Mental health is strongly linked to emotional health and is the ability to think clearly and coherently. Social health is normally measured the person?s ability to maintain relationships with other people. Spiritual health is connected to the individuals person beliefs, for some this is based in their particular faith or religion and for others it is based in their own personal principles. And Intellectual health is where the brain requires stimulation and challenge, and lifelong learning facilitates this. ...read more.


This can be a very beneficial approach as the individual is likely to adopt positive approaches to overcoming illness or emotional strain; however it can also mean that they blame themselves, as they see it as their own responsibility to stay healthy. The negative Concept to health understands good health to be normal and so may cause the individual to take for granted their good health. They may also assume that no actions are needed to be taken to ensure that there good health continues. There laid back approach to health however, does mean that they don?t spend time worrying over it unnecessarily. Slight discomforts and pains are not thought of as being unhealthy under this approach and they are less likely to seek treatment. A major disadvantage to this approach is that when the individual does become ill they see themselves as a victim, and so normally do not adopt an attitude that allows them to overcome a serious illness. ...read more.

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