Interpersonal Issues in Expressing Lay Knowledge A Discursive Psychology Approach

Bregje De Kok, Sue Widdicombe

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Abstract

This article examines lay knowledge about causes of infertility. We use discursive psychology to analyse semi-structured interviews with purposively sampled Malawians with a fertility problem. We observe that respondents deny knowledge of causes, sometimes emphatically, but this co-occurs with descriptions of potential causes. We show that these respondents thereby address problematic interpersonal issues: namely that one is not entitled to medical knowledge and that negative inferences that may be drawn about someone who knows particular causes of infertility. These findings shed new light on previous observations, and have implications for the study of lay knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1190-1200
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • discursive psychology
  • illness beliefs
  • infertility
  • Malawi
  • EXTREME CASE FORMULATIONS
  • SEEKING BEHAVIOR
  • INFERTILITY
  • HEALTH
  • EXPERIENCES
  • ACCOUNTABILITY
  • MANAGEMENT
  • RESPONSES
  • CHILDREN
  • ILLNESS

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