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The literature uses two terms, illness representations and illness perceptions. Both refer to how the client (and family) view the illness. Illness representations belong to clients and are interpreted by clients and may not conform to scientific beliefs (as cited in Lee, Chaboyer, & Wallis, 2010; Diefenbach, Leventhal, Leventhal, & Patrick-Miller, 1996). In a majority of studies, illness representations are measured by the Illness Perception Questionnaire, the Illness Perception Questionnaire-Revised, or the Briet Illness Perception Questionnaire.
The social aspects of disease may be related to the pathophysiologic changes that are occurring, but may be independent of them as well. The very act of diagnosing a condition as an illness has consequences far beyond the pathology involved (Conrad, 2005). Freidson (1970) discussed this more than 40 years ago in his writings about the meaning that is ascribed to a diagnosis by an individual 24 CHAPTER 2 / The Illness Experience and family (p. 223). It is not merely pathology or a diagnosis anymore, and the individual and family develop their own meanings and perceptions of the condition, and ultimately their own, unique illness behaviors.
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