New Directions in Illness Behaviour Research

  • Paul Cleary


Mechanic has defined illness behaviour as “The manner in which persons monitor their bodies, define and interpret their symptoms, take remedial actions, and utilize the health care system.” This definition encompasses an immense range of behaviours as well as cognitive and affective processes. The disciplines relevant to the study of illness behaviour, defined in this fashion, include psychology, sociology, economics, education, anthropology, and medicine. It would be presumptuous to attempt to specify what new directions in each of these areas will or should be. Rather, the purpose is to review the major trends in the assumptions, questions, and methodologies of illness behaviour research and the fundamental ways in which future research probably will differ from past work.


Health Behaviour Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome Health Belief Model Illness Action Illness Behaviour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Cleary
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  1. 1.Department of Social Medicine and Health PolicyHarvard Medical SchoolUSA

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