A common-sense model of injury perceptions

Shoshana Shiloh*, Irit Heruti, Ronit Leichtentritt

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The aim of this study was to clarify the difference between perceptions of injury and illness. A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews was conducted with 38 individuals who had been injured in the past, 8 medical psychologists, 62 graduate psychology students, and 19 health professionals treating injured patients. Data were analyzed by modified analytic induction and constant comparison methods. Common-sense perceptions of injury overlapped with some perceptions of illness, and 4 new themes were elicited. It was concluded that there are themes unique to injury perceptions that should be recognized in research as well as in clinical interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1516-1526
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • beliefs
  • disability
  • health psychology
  • model
  • phenomenology
  • qualitative methods


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