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Self-rated health revisited: Exploring survey interview episodes with elderly respondents

  • Jylhä, Marja
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    Analysing transcripts of survey interview episodes where self-rated health was discussed, the paper aims (1) to throw light on the interview situation and the way in which talk is structured in this situation, and (2) to uncover the elements out of which the interviewees construct their 'health'. The excerpts analysed show that the survey interview is an interactional situation produced by the interpretations and actions of the people involved. As a rule, the interviewees did not simply opt for one of the preset alternative answers but inserted their own descriptions and explanations. In this talk, 'health' appears as a multidimensional, context-bound phenomenon that can be constructed out of different, even contradictory elements.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 39 (1994)
    Issue (Month): 7 (October)
    Pages: 983-990

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:39:y:1994:i:7:p:983-990
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