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Let's get real (with a small `r'): for a health psychology that prioritizes the concrete

Cornish, Flora (2009) Let's get real (with a small `r'): for a health psychology that prioritizes the concrete. Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (5). pp. 638-642. ISSN 1359-1053

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Depending on which kind of philosophy of science we espouse, health psychology can be a relatively concrete or relatively abstract activity. Estacio, I suggest, prioritizes the concrete, by foregrounding real social phenomena. I argue that prioritizing the concrete has two particular benefits: it increases the social relevance of health psychology, and it increases the validity of our analyses, by ensuring that they are close to reality. To further the pursuit of the concrete, I suggest that critical health psychology is in particular need of exemplars of critical health psychology in action, rather than reflexive commentary on critical health psychology itself.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2009 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 14:35
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 01:43

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