Critical health psychology approaches are sensitive to issues of power and benefit from theoretical and methodological pluralism key areas in critical health psychology include exploring peoples experiences of health and illness working with people in marginalised or vulnerable groups to provide insights achieving change and social justice in communities through interventions and activism engaging with arts based approaches to researching health and illness examining how health is . Critical health psychology has thus developed as a way of extending the aims and reach of more conventional approaches particularly those that have not meaningfully included the social dimensions. Behaviour oriented health promotion has often relied on over simplistic and over deterministic models in which action emanates from individuals not the social or economic structures they inhabit mainstream health psychology models are allied with official health ideology and policy stressing self control self regulation and responsible low cost health citizenship discussion of psycho political validity and of the use of a wider community of meanings and theories is welcome and moves . Critical health psychology research has played a crucial role in highlighting interconnections between social disadvantage and health qualitative methods have been useful in this regard they highlight the importance of context and meaning in peoples health practices and show how power economics and macrosocial processes influence and or structure health health care health psychology and society at large marks 2002 15 research in a range of contexts has focused on people
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