Journal article

The Biographical Approach - A Better Way to Understand Behaviour in Health and Illness?

J Zinn

Health, Risk & Society | Cambridge University Press | Published : 2005


In research on health and illness, studies using a narrative approach are gaining ground in a context where a statistical quantitative approach as well as an 'objective' approach to illness have dominated for decades. This can be interpreted as a shift from an objective to a subjective and social concept of risk. Against this background, this editorial argues that the biographical approach provides important opportunities to enhance understanding of the individual's management of risk and uncertainty in health and illness. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.

University of Melbourne Researchers