Well-being: between gender inequalities and health

Journal title SALUTE E SOCIETÀ
Author/s Rita Biancheri
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2011/3En Language English
Pages 22 P. 98-119 File size 127 KB
DOI 10.3280/SES2011-003007EN
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Up to now, in the traditional biomedical paradigm the terms "sex" and "gender" have either been used synonymously and the insertion of gender among the determining elements of conditions of wellbeing/disease has been difficult, and obstructed by disciplinary rigidities that retarded the acceptance of an approach which had already been largely found to be valid in other areas of research. The effected simplification demonstrated its limitations in describing the theme of health; but if, on the one hand, there has been a growing awareness of a subject which can in no way be considered "neutral", on the other hand there continues to be insufficient attention, both in theoretical analysis and in empirical research, given to female differences. The article is intended to support that the sick individual is a person, with his/her genetic heritage, his/her own cultural acquisitions and personal history, and own surrounding life context; but these and similar factors have not traditionally been taken into consideration by official medicine and welfare systems, despite a hoped-for socio-health integration.

Keywords: Gender, socio-health integration, life context

Rita Biancheri, Well-being: between gender inequalities and health in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 3En/2011, pp 98-119, DOI: 10.3280/SES2011-003007EN