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Toward an ethic of empowerment for health promotion

Abstract Summary:

This paper lays out a conceptual framework for articulating some main ethical issues raised by health promotion and illness prevention. The paper advocates an "ethic of empowerment" for health promotion. Health promotion should resist the temptations of either a coercive paternalistic ethic or an individualistic, laissez-faire ethic in favor of an ethic on enabling or empowerment.