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Sociological Perspective on Health

Sociological Perspective on Health - Sociology assumes that...

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Sociological Perspective on Health Health  is a state of complete well-being: physical, mental, and emotional. This definition  emphasizes the importance of being more than disease free, and recognizes that a  healthy body depends upon a healthy environment and a stable mind.  Medicine  is the  social institution that diagnoses, treats, and prevents disease. To accomplish these  tasks, medicine depends upon most other sciences—including life and earth sciences,  chemistry, physics, and engineering.  Preventive medicine  is a more recent approach to  medicine, which emphasizes health habits that prevent disease, including eating a  healthier diet, getting adequate exercise, and insuring a safe environment. 
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Unformatted text preview: Sociology assumes that a functioning society depends upon healthy people and upon controlling illness. In examining social constructs of health and illness, sociologist Talcott Parsons identified what he called “ the sick role ,” or the social definition of, the behavior of, and the behavior toward those whom society defines as ill. Parsons identified four components to the sick role. The sick person is • Not held responsible for being sick. • Not responsible for normal duties. • Not supposed to like the role. • Supposed to seek help to get out of the role....
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