The Meaning of RTI in Vietnam - A Qualitative Study of Illness Representation: Collaboration or Self-Regulation?

Pamina M. Gorbach, Dao T. Khanh Hoa, Eugenia Eng, Amy Tsui

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Abstract

In collaboration with the National Committee for Population and Family Planning, a study was conducted in a rural and urban commune of northern Vietnam to provide community-level information about women's reproductive health and behaviors. Ethnographic and structured interviews were conducted with 32 women. A psychosocial model of health behavior, the Dual Process Model, was applied to provide a theoretical framework for understanding women's interpretations of, and strategies for, coping with symptoms of reproductive tract infections (RTIs). Women were found to interpret and manage RTI symptoms collaboratively with other women. Therefore, women's approach to care seeking was influenced heavily by their peer network and not driven by their method of family planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-785
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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