Right: An individual legal entitlement to pursue one’s private interests. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford, 2004-11. 


Rights:  In received theory, a legal entitlement that protects individual interests from the coercive use of power. Rights can be negative (to exclude interference) or positive (to some good of self-realization). Human rights are universal entitlements, negative and positive, that people hold in virtue of being human. Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of… Read More

Risk behaviour

Risk behaviour: Specific forms of behaviour which are proven to be associated with increased susceptibility to a specific disease or ill-health. Reference: modified definition Risk behaviours are usually defined as “risky” on the basis of epidemiological or other social data. Changes in risk behaviour are major goals of disease prevention, and traditionally health education has… Read More

Risk factor

Risk factor: Social, economic or biological status, behaviours or environments which are associated with or cause increased susceptibility to a specific disease, ill health, or injury. Reference: modified definition As is the case with risk behaviours, once risk factors have been identified, they can become the entry point or focus for health promotion strategies and… Read More