Soc 154 Final.doc - A Individuals perceptions and choices...

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A. Individual’s perceptions and choices about their health and illness behaviors are an aspect and reflection of society.Outline and describe the revised health beliefs model. Using this model and/or the framework of predisposing, enabling, and need conditions, summarize the social demography of health lifestyles, self-care, and preventive/therapeutic medical care utilization. Explain the health lifestyles model in Figure 6.1. What is the major contribution of this model in explaining lifestyles? What are healthy lifestyles? Do all segments of society participate equally in health behaviors - why or why not?Discuss cultural variations in health lifestyles as evidenced by studies in theU.S. and Western and Eastern Europe. Who are the uninsured in the U.S.; why this particular group? Discuss trends in physician utilization by social class - who goes the most often? Why do the poor not go to the doctor as often as they should? How do social variables such as ethnicity and social class influence help-seeking behavior and the recognition of symptoms?B. Illness is a social construction, and thus the definition and meaning of illness varies historically and culturally.Discuss the “medicalization of society.
Describe three social groups who have been influential in the process of medicalization in this country.

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