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

Palacz-Poborczyk, Iga, Chamberlain, Kerry, Naughton, Felix, Baska, Alicja, Luszczynska, Aleksandra, Quested, Eleanor, Hagger, Martin S., Pagoto, Sherry, Verboon, Peter, Robinson, Suzanne and Kwasnicka, Dominika (2023) ‘A healthy lifestyle is a journey’: Exploring health perceptions and self-defined facilitators to health through photo-elicitation. Psychology and Health. ISSN 0887-0446

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Norwich Institute for Healthy Aging
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural and Implementation Science
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2024 16:31
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2024 11:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/94633
DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2023.2252874

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