Sociology of Health

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  • Created on: 31-05-10 11:19

Question

Name Nikky Hart's 5 features of the biomedical model

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1) Disease is PHYSICAL

2) Doctors are ELITE

3) Medicine is a CURE

4) Illness is TEMPORARY

5) Treatment is SPECIAL

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Why are doctors seen as elite?

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Because doctors have a knowledge that can cure illness and save lives, that others don't have and so they are seen as above others, who cant cure illness.

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Which social class has the highest infant mortality rate?

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Working class (social class 5)

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Name the 4 possible explanations for health inequality

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Cultural

Social

Artefact

Structural

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What is meant by the Inverse Care Law?

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The Inverse Care Law is a law that states that those who need the health care most, recieve the poorest health care.

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Name 3 "groups" that are more likely to suffer mental illness

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Afro- carribean people

Married women

Working class people

Women (more than men)

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What does Szasz think mental illness is?

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Szasz believes that mental illness is a social construct and it doesn't really exist.

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What is Iatrogenesis?

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Illich's theory that the medical elite actually cause bad health - e.g. MRSA

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Name 3 types of Iatrogenesis as described by Illich

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Clinical - harm done by ineffective diagnosis

Social - Doctors have taken control of people's lives - medicalisation of social life

Cultural - Destruction of traditional ways of dealing with pain/death/sickness

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yasmin royce

This was so helpful,thank you so much!

misshapenskies

Really helpful :) I saved the pdf. file

Do you have anything else on AS Sociology Unit 2? Especially Health :P

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