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Health Care SYMBOLIC-INTERACTIONIST PERSPECTIVE—focuses on the “meanings that social actors give to their diseases and how these affect people’s self-concept and relationships with others” (612)—tries to define “health” and “illness”—is it caused by individual choices, social structure or both—what impact does genetics or biology have?—also how do individuals respond to others who suffer from an illness, especially one that seems “preventable,” like alcoholism, depression, gambling or obesity—are they “sins,””a “punishment” or simply a physical issue—patients or wastrels, degenerates and sinners?—also looks at the “drama” of the interaction between doctors, patients and families when an illness is involved Medicalization —a process whereby nonmedical problems become defined and treated as illnesses or disorders—obesity, alcoholism, drug addiction—is it medicalization of deviance? (613) 1. The conceptual level, using medical terminology to define a condition 2. Institutional level—who treats the problem and how
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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