Exploring social aspects of care

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Expected and unexpected

Expected: Education, Long- term relationships, mariage, entering a full-time job, retiring.

All these examples are things that we expect to happen in life and are things that we can plan for.

Unexpected: Serious illness, accidents or breakdowns of relationships, divorce, death of friend.

These examples are unpredictable and often cannot plan for these events if and when they occur.

Unexpected life events can often have a significant effect on a person's growth and develpment. They can also become life course transitions.

Life course transitions: Bereavement, becoming a parent, starting or leaving school, getting married or divorced, major illness or disability.

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Lifestyle choices

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Recreation- smoke, drink alcohol, take drugs.
  • These are all decisions that a person will make and these decisions can effect health, well-being and personal development.
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Topic 3 - key terms`

socialisation- the process of learning the ways of society.

Primary socialisation- initial period of learning about society.- Usually from immediate family members.

Secondary socialisation- later period of learning about society.- Usually learned from friends or adults outside the family (teachers work mates)

Social processes- shared activities or practices engaged with people in a certain society or culture.

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Topic 4 - key terms

Lifestyle- a way of living, the attitudes, values, and habits a person adopts, which influences their pattern of social and health behaviour.

Willpower- the control an individual has over his or her behaviour.

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Topic 5 - key terms

Health inequality- The unequal distribution of health outcomes across the population.

Inequality- Difference or lack of equality.

Social inequality- Unequal distribution of opportunities and resources in society.

Social class- Group of people who are similar in terms of their wealth and income. They are likely to have similar occupations and social status.

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