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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- Fall '09
- Sociology, Sick Role, stable mind. Medicine, engineering. Preventive medicine