Anticipating Resistance to Health Advice: A Speech Act Perspective

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    This article addresses the problem of resistance to health advice. It is argued that potential criticism against advice in health settings can be systematically defined with the help of the felicity conditions of the speech act of advising. By taking into account the setting in which health advice is delivered, specified conditions for advising in health settings are proposed. The objective of this study is to present a systematic overview of relevant criticism showing what issues could provoke resistance to advice and thus need to be anticipated or answered. The relevance of these points is illustrated in a case study of advice on achieving a healthy weight on web pages from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A content analysis of the web pages shows that each of the possible points of criticism can be dealt with to prevent resistance.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)256-269
    Aantal pagina's14
    TijdschriftDiscourse Processes
    Nummer van het tijdschrift3
    Vroegere onlinedatum4-jun-2018
    StatusPublished - 2019

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