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Free Content Toward Psychosocial Theory for an Integrated Understanding of the Health and Well-Being of Populations

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This article examines the paradigm changes, in the sense of Kuhn (1970), affecting the public health field over the past decade. The progression from thinking about biological determinants of individual health, to multiple, multiple-level, and interacting determinants of the health of populations—social and psychological as well as biological—has major implications for how we think about why some societies and individuals are relatively healthy and others not, what intervention levers we could consider pulling, and the nature of the research questions we need to explore more fully. This article explores these implications, with emphasis upon describing the emerging population health research fields aiming to explore the pathways to health, illness, and disease for individuals and populations.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan Canada

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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