Lay beliefs on the nature of health: An English-French comparison

Rene Mokounkolo1, Etienne Mullet2
1Université François-Rabelais, France
2Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, France
Cite this article:  Mokounkolo, R., & Mullet, E. (1999). Lay beliefs on the nature of health: An English-French comparison. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 27(5), 439-454.

Volume 27 Issue 5 | e995 | Published: October 1999 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1999.27.5.439

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The health beliefs of French people were studied using a questionnaire devised by Stainton-Rogers (1991) and already employed by Furnham (1994) on a sample of English people. Mean responses and factorial structure observed in the French sample were compared to mean responses and factorial structure reported by Furnham. The effect of age on health belief was also considered. The results showed similarities between English mean ratings (linear association = .79), despite the great dissimilarity between the respective medical care systems. Another result resides in the strong link between faith in conventional medicines, and age. French elderly people had more confidence in conventional medicine than did younger people.


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