Lay self-care in health: The views and perspectives of Israeli laypeople

Diana Shye, Rachel Javetz, Judith T. Shuval

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A random sample of 407 Israel laypeople was interviewed about several dimensions of their attitudes toward lay self-care in health. The dimensions studied were perceptions of laypeople's motives in undertaking self-care, views regarding the division of responsibility for individual health between laypeople and professionals, and opinions regarding the effects of lay autonomy and initiatives in health care and seven specific self-care behaviors. These attitudes were analyzed in relation to sociodemographic and health-related variables. The findings suggest that Israeli laypeople take a medically-dependent view of health care, and indicate that self-care in health is not a particularly salient or widely advocated behavior. This research compliments previous studies on Israeli physicians and allied health professionals' attitudes towards self-care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-308
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Israel
  • attitudes
  • laypeople
  • self-care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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