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Health Beliefs and Perception of Well-being among the Lois of Thanga in Manipur, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai-400088, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (4), Pages 46- 52, April,2 (2012)

Abstract

The concept of well-being and notion of good health varies between different societies. Health beliefs of people in a society are constructed on the basis of culture and tradition. The paper attempts to bring out the health beliefs and perceptions of good health and well-being among the Lois of Thanga Island of Loktak Lake, a fishing community of Manipur. Structured face-toface interviews were conducted among 200 respondents. Majority of the respondents perform religious practices related with supernatural causes of illness irrespective of status of education, religion, standard of living index .The indigenous community,Lois of Thanga has its own understanding of health and well-being as they are bound by the cultural beliefs and tradition with respect to perception of good health and well being. To improve access to health services, policy makers and service providers should understand the health beliefs and practices of the community.

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