Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
GOMES, Romeu; MENDONCA, Eduardo Alves and PONTES, Maria Luiza. Social representations and the experience of illness. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2002, vol.18, n.5, pp. 1207-1214. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2002000500013.
This article analyzes the relationship between social representations and the experience of illness. The study is a critical review of the debate on illness. The work focuses on (a) a review of the concept of "social representations of illness"; (b) key aspects of the experience of illness and; (c) principles for understanding the illness process. The authors also emphasize the necessary link between the experience of illness and the context of its material and symbolic production.
Keywords : Disease; Health-Disease Process; Social Representation.