Lecture 7 Illness Behavior and The Sick Role (1)

Lecture 7 Illness Behavior and The Sick Role (1) - The Sick...

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The Sick Role Illness Behavior Lecture 7
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Think of your most recent experience of illness Describe your behavior. What did you do? Why did you do the things you did? List the reasons.
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Sick Role Rights: 1) Exempt from carrying out normal social roles 2) No responsibility for own condition Obligations: 1) Try to get well 2) Seek help and cooperate with medical care providers
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Pair Work Consider the following medical conditions: 1. Hypertension 2. Influenza 3. Schizophrenia 4. Sinus congestion, no fever To which of them does the concept of sick role apply best? Why? Discuss.
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Criticism of the Sick Role 1. Variation by the type of illness -- chronic illness -- minor illness -- mental illness -- conditions requiring medical help but not sick role (e.g. addictions) 2. Behavioral variation
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Functionalism: Functions of the Sick Role Sickness is unwillful deviance from norm - Allows the temporary ‘acting out’ - Places a sick person in hands of professionals - Restores the balance of the social system The main function of the medical system is to control deviance
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course SOCY 360 taught by Professor Stepanikova during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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Lecture 7 Illness Behavior and The Sick Role (1) - The Sick...

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