Lay beliefs

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Lay beliefs represent an individual’s subjective and informal explanation for the world around them (including explanations relating to health and illness) that do not necessarily have to concur with scientific knowledge (Furnham 1988). As lay beliefs are subjective, they will differ from person to person such that one person’s understanding of their world will not necessarily be the same as another person.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of behavioral medicine
EditorsMarc D. Gellman
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9783030399030
ISBN (Print)9783030399016
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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