A major premise of health education is that people can and do change their lives.
Personal changes and the events that precipitate them are often told in a form of narrative and are accompanied by a new sense of oneself.
This research draws on the study of narratives and women's community activism to explore processes of personal change in women's activism as community health workers in Mexico.
The research is a case study based on in-depth semistructured interviews.
Two major categories of narrative of change emerged : change of the self and little or no change.
Within these categories, change are defined as development of the self, becoming a new and different person, actualization of the self, and little or no change.
Although women experience significant changes, their changes are based on normative female identities.
Implications for the study of narratives and personal change in health education are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mexique, Amérique Centrale, Amérique, Homme, Femelle, Santé, Promotion santé, Education santé, Changement comportement, Enquête, Milieu professionnel, Expérience personnelle, Personnel sanitaire, Femme, Engagement personnel
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mexico, Central America, America, Human, Female, Health, Health promotion, Health education, Behavior change, Survey, Occupational environment, Personal experience, Health staff, Woman, Personal commitment
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0128090
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 16/11/1999.