HomeKAYÂ TAOvol. 15 no. 1 (1997)

Health Social Science and Participatory Research: Challenging Traditional Thought and Practice

Jesusa M. Marco

Discipline: Social Science, Health



Health social science is a new field of study that seeks to provide an alternative perspective to established models and analyses that the health/medical and social sciences have separately used in examining health social problems and issues today. Not wanting to reinvent the wheel, health social science advocates a transdisciplinary approach in the conceptualization collection and analysis of knowledge


Participatory research, a methodology that emphasizes process, is seen to complement the interactive nature of health social science. This paper presents the empowering characteristic participatory research can provide in understanding the socio-cultural dimension of reproductive tract infections (RTIs) and in breakingthrough the silence women in particular have suffered in their experiences of RTIs.