The concept of health is one that is usually taken for granted not only in health care settings but also across the human services generally. It acts as a unifying theme for many forms of intervention by practitioners. Indeed, Aggleton (1990) points out that health is one of those terms that are commonly used but prove to be very difficult when it comes to defining or explaining them. This chapter does not seek to provide a definitive account or explanation, as it is recognized that health is a fluid concept open to a wide variety of interpretations.
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