What contribution does Parsons’ concept of a sick role make to our understanding of sickness in society? What are the weaknesses of that concept?
Ethnicity affects individuals’ health in many different ways. Compare the effect of ethnicity on health for two ethnic groups (of your choice), summarizing and explaining the similarities and differences between them.
Why has HIV/AIDS spread more rapidly in Africa than in the United States? Why has heterosexual transmission played a greater role in Africa?
The idea of sick role is a concept used in medical sociology and was conceived and propagated by an American sociologist Talcott Parson in 1951 to advance the rights of the sick and the obligations of the affected. Parson argues that being sick generally means that the sufferer enters a role of sanctioned deviance. There are several weaknesses associated with the concept of sick role, for example, an individual may not comply with the expectations of the sick role, and may also not give up social obligations, may avoid public sick role if their illness is stigmatized.