Chapter 6 - Chapter 6 Illness Behavior Med Soc Illness...

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Chapter 6 – Illness Behavior Med Soc Illness behavior – action taken by sick to define/seek relief from illness Body changes – symptoms that painful, disruptive are when ppl seek help Social factors that encourage or discourage med help seeking are imp Self care Ppl do selfcare cuz want control it, internet, shift from acute to chronic, limits of med care Sociodemographic Variables Age and Sex Females and old use healthcare more Olds visit cuz they need to Females go most as kids, childbearing years, and steady incrase at 45 Males – kids, increase at 45 Females more sick, only 20% from reproduction Ethnicity 2 groups: cosmopolitan or parochial groups parochial – tight w/ family, friends ethnic group reluctant to visit doc rely on lay-refferal sys – no go doc, ask family,friends… highest in lowerclasses and when lay conflict w/ doc, choose lay cosmopolitan – not tight w/ fam, friends, ethnic they go doc, know more about health Social networks If live in close and exclusive groups, wheter go to doc depends on whether the group trusts/distrusts them and soc norm for group According to this study, family, not ethnic group key to deciding whether get help or not
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 210 taught by Professor Hansell during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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Chapter 6 - Chapter 6 Illness Behavior Med Soc Illness...

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