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Health Literacy and Behaviour: Why context can trump knowledge
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1518-0561
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9147-3916
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Receiving health information and implementing recommendations are important factors for household development. However, it is not uncommon for people in the developing world to disregard information and not change their behaviour. The objective of this study is to contribute to the understanding of how context and knowledge determine health practices and behaviour in order to provide an explanation for why people do not follow health recommendations that would improve their health and the development of their household.

In a field study in the Ribáuè district of Mozambique, an ethnographic approach using semi-structured interviews with individuals on the household level as well as stakeholders from both the public and private sector was used to gather the data. New institutionalist theory and health literacy were applied to structure the findings, analyze the data, and provide an explanation for the phenomenon described above.

Conclusions from the study demonstrate that individuals must go through a process of obtaining, understanding, and evaluating health information before implementing recommendations. However, the socio-economic, and cultural circumstances in which a person lives can inhibit this process. Furthermore, regulative, normative, and cultural- cognitive underpinnings have proven to both resist and influence changes in health behaviour.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 78 p.
Keyword [en]
Knowledge, Health, Behaviour, Health literacy, New institutionalist theory, Mozambique, Development
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26974OAI: diva2:631764
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Peace and development
Educational program
Peace and Development Work, Master Programme, 60 credits
, Växjö (English)
Available from: 2013-11-22 Created: 2013-06-23 Last updated: 2013-11-22Bibliographically approved

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