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Based on a survey conducted by way of semi-structured interviews with young parents in Basse-Normandie, this article analyses the reasons that lead working class parents to use the Internet or not to search for information concerning their child(ren)’s health. Although the Internet has gradually become a reference medium in the health field, our findings showed relatively limited use, which moreover varies according to the respondents’ educational and professional characteristics and gender. The fact that the Internet plays a smaller role in respondents’ lives is explained in part by their tendency to go first to their physician, as well as by socially differentiated conceptions of health and by the primacy of television – the most prevalent of the media in the working classes. This analysis reveals significant differences between parents in the more affluent classes and those of the working classes, and between certain subsets within the “working class group,” depending on their level of education.


  • Internet
  • health
  • working classes
  • family socialization
  • television
Christine Seux
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