|Appears in Collections:||Psychology Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||A pragmatist approach to the problem of knowledge in health psychology|
|Citation:||Cornish F & Gillespie A (2009) A pragmatist approach to the problem of knowledge in health psychology, Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (6), pp. 800-809.|
|Abstract:||The multiplicity of forms of health-related knowledge, including biomedical knowledge, lay knowledge, and critical constructionist knowledge, raises challenges for health researchers. On one hand, there is a demand for a pluralist acceptance of the variety of health-related knowledge. On the other, the need to improve health calls for action, and thus for choices between opposing forms of knowledge. The present article proposes a pragmatist approach to this epistemological problem. According to pragmatism, knowledge is a tool for action and as such it should be evaluated according to whether it serves the desired interests. We identify implications for research methodology and the choice of research goals.|
|Rights:||Published in Journal of Health Psychology. Copyright: SAGE Publications.; The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Health Psychology, Volume 14, Issue 6, 2009, © SAGE Publications, Inc., 2009 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Journal of Health Psychology page: http://hpq.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/|
|Affiliation:||Glasgow Caledonian University|
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