SOC367- Prelim 2 study questions for 4-26-10

SOC367- Prelim 2 study questions for 4-26-10 - HD3570/SOC...

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HD3570/SOC 3670 April 11, 2010 Social Inequalities in Physical and Mental Health Prof. E. Wethington Study Questions for the Second Prelim (Prelim 1 is April 26, at class time, in the regular classroom) On this test (as on the first prelim), you will be asked to make your references to the readings specific, rather than vague. A reference is specific if you use the name of the first author of the article or chapter. You will note that the questions below ask you to be specific when answering the questions. Define and distinguish the terms “mental health” and “mental disorder”. Why is a distinction made in research between these two terms? A mental illness is a persistent disturbance of psychological faculties that impedes normal daily interaction and fulfillment of daily activities A mental disorder is a discrete disturbance of psychological faculties that has been identified across individuals and which has a distinct and distinguishing symptom profile. Mental disorder is the preferred term over mental illness because disorders have distinct symptoms according to DSM. Illness implies a need for hospitalization and medication while disorder is a less severe word because it implies that a person can work through their condition while living a fairly normal life . Describe two ways in which the readings assigned at the end of the class have illustrated how mental disorders contribute to the burden of disease in the population . Horwitz “Subthreshold Screening of Depression in adolescents”- This contributes to the burden of disease in the population because many teens may be improperly diagnosed and put on medication that they do not need due to aggressive treatment procedures by doctors. This creates a burden on the teens because they are taking extra medications for disorders that are not very strong, which can be worked through using therapy. Kessler “Lifetime Prevalence”- Over half the American population will fit categories for some type of DSM mental disorder at some point in their lives. It may be hard for researchers to distinguish between normal intense sadness in response to a life event and actual symptoms of depression, or high levels of natural organization with OCD. Teens are at particular risk of meeting criteria for disorders because they are still learning to deal with their emotions and a stressful school environment. Evaluate the following statement: mental disorders are diseases of poverty in the United States. Mental disorders are somewhat associated with poverty, and there may be one of several causal relationships occurring to explain why a large percentage of those with mental disorders are poor. One possible relationship is that of sociological Drift. Those who experience mental disorders have trouble holding a steady job or completing their education. This would lead them to socioeconomically drifting down to the lower classes. The sociological drift might start as early
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2011 for the course SOC 357 taught by Professor Morgan during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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