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dc.contributor.authorCohn, Simon
dc.identifier.citationCohn. Health (2016), 20(3), pp. 203-219. doi: 10.1177/1363459315574117en
dc.descriptionThis is the final version of the article. It first appeared from SAGE Publications via
dc.description.abstractThe issue of public acceptability of health policies is key if they are to have significant and lasting impact. This study, based on focus groups conducted in England, examines the ways people responded to, and made sense of, policy ideas aimed at reducing alcohol consumption. Although effective policies were supported in the abstract, specific proposals were consistently rejected because they were not thought to map onto the fundamental causes of excessive drinking, which was not attributed to alcohol itself but instead its cultural context. Rather than being influenced by the credibility of evidence, or assessed according to likely gains set against possible losses, such responses were established dynamically as people interacted with others to make sense of the topic. This has significant implications for policy-makers, suggesting that existing beliefs and knowledge need to be taken into account as potentially productive rather than obstructive resources.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, and publication of this article: The UK Department of Health Policy Research Programme (Policy Research Unit in Behaviour and Health, PR-UN-0409-10109).en
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen
dc.rightsAttribution 2.0 UK: England & Wales
dc.subjecthealth behaviouren
dc.subjectfocus groupsen
dc.subjecthealth policyen
dc.titleReconceptualising public acceptability: A study of the ways people respond to policies aimed to reduce alcohol consumptionen
dc.type.versionpublished versionen
prism.publicationNameHealth: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, Illness and medicine

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