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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

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Health representations of children and adolescents 1391


Bovina I.B.
Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Legal Psychology, Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Dvoryanchikov N.V.
PhD in Psychology, Dean, Faculty of Legal and Forensic Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Dany L.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Social Psychology and Labor Psychology, University of Aix–Marseille, Laboratory of Social Psychology, Aix-en-Provence, France

Aim M.-A.
PhD Student, University of Aix-Marseille, Laboratory of Social Psychology, Aix-en-Provence, France

Milekhin A.V.
PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor at the Department of Pedagogical Psychology named after professor V.A. Guruzhapov Faculty of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Gayamova S.Yu.
PhD in Psychology, associate Professor, Department of Forensic Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

Yakushenko A.V.
postgraduate student, Department of Clinical and Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

The key question in this article is how children and adolescents understand health. This period attracts a particular interest because the social practice towards health and illness as well as attitudes towards risk and risk behaviour are formed at that time. The productivity of the theory of social representations applied to the field of health and illness is discussed. The exploratory study in groups of children and adolescents on the representations of health and illness is presented here. A total of 633 subjects (333 children (aged 8 years old) and 300 adolescents (aged 13 years old) participated in a study. The study is based on the structural approach of the theory of social representations. The opposition «health»—«illness» is important in case of representations of health in children; its importance is decreasing with age. The key elements of the representation of health in adolescents are the actions to maintain health. The representation in case of children is less shared than in case of adolescents.

Keywords: health, illness, children and adolescents, theory of social representations, structural approach, polymorthism of health and illness

Column: Health psychology


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