Essay on health and social care unit 2 Discrimination P2 P3

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P2: describe the discriminatory practices in heath and social care
P3: describe the potential effects of discriminatory practices on those who use the health and social care service.

I am going to write about the discriminatory practices in a care setting and the effects they have on individuals using the service. People can be discriminated against in a number of different ways which can be described as telling people apart, and seeing the differences instead of the person’s individualism.
Prejudice
Prejudice is when a carer has decided that they can judge the service user and that they have all the knowledge they need to judge them, even through the ‘knowledge’is wrong. It is wrong to make a judgement made about someone or a member of
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Sometimes people label someone without knowing them for example
Fat
Weak
Bad
Uneducated
Labels can be used to say that a group of people are all the same. Labels then say that people are all the same thing. Such as being bad, weak and uneducated etc. When individuals are labelled it stops them from being people and that they are simply the label without knowing who they are. A label takes away peoples dignity and individuality. In health and social care sector it is not allowed to label service users because it interferes with the amount of care that service user receives. Cares my not be aware or unaware that they are labelling the servicer labelling is some thing that the carer thinks and then it can have an effect on the way they work with the service user for example feeling uncomfortable around or they are better then them which can leads looks down on them on service users
Effects of labelling
Service users may withdraw themselves from others they can develop a feeling of not being worth anything. They may feel they have lost their identity and individuality. Some people might start to think well “if I’ve been labelled this, then I might as well act like it.” This is called the self-fulfilling prophecy which means when you are labelled the label itself becomes embedded so that you end up becoming what the label suggests. This can change the way you behave because the service user is frustrated so just gives up because

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