Contextualising accounts of illness: notions of responsibility and blame in white and South Asian respondents' accounts of diabetes causation.

@article{Lawton2007ContextualisingAO,
  title={Contextualising accounts of illness: notions of responsibility and blame in white and South Asian respondents' accounts of diabetes causation.},
  author={Julia Lawton and Naureen Ahmad and Elizabeth Peel and Nina Hallowell},
  journal={Sociology of health & illness},
  year={2007},
  volume={29 6},
  pages={891-906}
}
We undertook a secondary analysis of in-depth interviews with white (n = 32) and Pakistani and Indian (n = 32) respondents who had type 2 diabetes, which explored their perceptions and understandings of disease causation. We observed subtle, but important, differences in the ways in which these respondent groups attributed responsibility and blame for developing the disease. Whereas Pakistani and Indian respondents tended to externalise responsibility, highlighting their life circumstances in… CONTINUE READING

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