A healthy view? exploring the positive health perceptions of older adults with a lower socioeconomic status using photo-elicitation interviews

Feline Platzer*, Nardi Steverink, Marieke Haan, Mathieu de Greef, Martine Goedendorp

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Purpose: The health perceptions of older adults with a lower socioeconomic status still seems to be unsettled. To gain more insight in these perceptions, 19 older adults were interviewed with the use of a photo-elicitation method.Methods: Participants reflected on ten photographs covering aspects of physical, social and mental health, and were also asked if and how they experience to have control over their health.Results: The results showed that the perception of health depended on the background of the participant, was experience-oriented and was mostly focused on the negative aspects of physical and mental health. Social contacts were an important contributor to well-being, especially when physical health declined. Although most participants seem hardly aware of having influence on their own health, several participants showed automatic self-management abilities.Conclusion: For participants who need more support to improve, or become more aware of their self-management abilities, interventions with an experience-oriented approach are needed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1959496
Number of pages18
JournalInternational journal of qualitative studies on health and well-Being
Issue number1
Early online date9-Aug-2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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