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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A pragmatist approach to the problem of knowledge in health psychology
Author(s): Cornish, Flora
Gillespie, Alex
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Keywords: Pragmatism
Issue Date: Sep-2009
Date Deposited: 11-Oct-2010
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.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1359105309338974
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: on SAGE Journals Online:

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