Sick Role in Sociology Essay

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Sick role in nursing care
-developed from functionalist perspective
Right: exemption from normal social roles; from responsibility for self-care
Obligation: to want to get well speedily; to consult expert medical opinion; cooperate with medical experts and therapists throughout their illness
- patients and health care professionals have different expectations of patients' hospital role. The current emphasis on encouraging patients to participate in their own care is in direct conflict with one of the obligations of their sick role, which is to unquestioningly comply with the opinions of health professionals.
-The hospital sick role is therefore a form of dependence, with patients relying on health care professionals to meet their
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What is socialization?
Socialization is a life-long process by which we learn the ways of a particular group. It is mainly affected by nurture
Primary socialization is the process whereby people learn the attitudes, values, and actions appropriate to individuals as members of a particular culture. For example, Eskimos learn to enjoy eating the raw intestines of birds and fish while Chinese people eat Carp's heads and the tripe (stomach tissue) of pigs
Secondary socialization refers to the processes of socialization in which a person "rehearses" for future positions, occupations, and social relationships (See Appelbaum & Chambliss, 1997:76). Henslin (2004:71) offers the example of a high school student who, upon hearing he had been accepted to a university, began to wear college student-type cloths.

Agents of socialization which affect health??
Family: primary group to learn from immediate people to meet all needs of the children
e.g. eating out all the time may indicate high BMI, high cholesterol
e.g. smoking in the house increase the risk of allergy or predispose lung cancer; if family member smoke, increase smoking behavior for teenager.
School: teach children to think and behave logically & legally, prepare organizational life
e.g. Eat meal & exercise regularly; sleep and wake up early due to regular school schedule;
Peer group: breaking away from school or family

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