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What Is Health from an Occupational Health Perspective?

  • Marit ChristensenEmail author
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Abstract

In understanding and explaining what the phenomenon of occupational health revolves around, we have to take a closer look at the concept of health, as well as asking the question: what is health? Answering this question is almost impossible because health is a highly complicated, complex, and context-dependent concept. Most of us agree that this concept is much more than simply the absence of illness, yet health is also dependent on culture and experience since health is something that changes throughout the entire life course. If it is so difficult to define health, then we could be asking what is the point of writing this chapter? The aim is to help the readers to be attentive to the complexity of the concept of health so that it can be used to reflect on various issues in terms of the challenges facing occupational health.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway

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