chapter  7
Why do the victims blame themselves?
ByMildred Blaxter
Pages 19

This investigation of what it means to say that ‘the victims blame themselves’ is presented as an example of the interaction of qualitative and quantitative methods. The question, raised by the inevitably superficial results of larger-scale surveys, is: Why do those who are most vulnerable to the environment seem to be most likely to stress self-blame for illness and self-responsibility for health? Can a biographical approach suggest some answers?