A Level Sociology Student Answers
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I am writing an essay to outline and assess how health and illness should be viewed as social constructs. I would be grateful if anyone has any ideas about the biomedical model of health as a large portion of my essay needs to be about this.
I could also use some information on how foucalt, marxists and possibly even feminists criticise the BM Model of health .
If anyone is aware of any good sites that explain things in a simple way then plz let me know. Thanks a lot :)
The biomedical model of health and illness was the most widely used model in the 20th century (although it is still used today and can be effective in the treatment of acute medical conditions). However, it has been proven to be less effective in the treatment of chronic disease states (eg. asthma, diabetes, terminal illnesses such as cancer). This is because the biomedical model:
- Describes human beings as having a biological identity common with all other biological things
- Model under which modern medicine was established in 19th Century using physical investigations, dissections & medical examinations
- Health & illness are qualitatively different – either healthy/ill. There is no continuum.
- Mind & body function independently (separate entities). From this perspective, the mind is incapable of influencing physical matter.
Cause of illness:
eg. chemical imbalances, bacteria, viruses, genetic predisposition
- external – invade the body to cause physical changes
- internal involuntary physical changes
Responsibility for illness:
Individuals (“victims”) are not responsible for their illness as it is seen to arise from biological changes beyond their control.
Responsibility of treatment rests with the medical professional.
Methods which aim to change the physical state of the body.
eg. vaccination, surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy
Role of psychology in health & illness:
Illness may have psychological consequences but no psychological causes.
Cancer may cause unhappiness but mood is not seen as related to either the onset or progression of cancer.
I guess, in ur critical analyses of foucalt, marxists and feminist perspectives, you should make a comparison of the biomedical model to the current model of health and illness ... the biopsychosocial model, as you would be able to draw examples from this and use it to support ur argument.
One of ur arguments should revolve around the fact that health psychology plays an increasingly important role in healthcare. And that the model for the relationship between mind and body has also evolved.
Hey guys and gals,
what is your opinion on the way that Newspapers and Television are representing all ethnic groups? Do you think it does a good job or is there anything that could anything be improved. Does the Press and Television treat the representation of different ethnicities the same or is there bias?
When it comes to our age of tabloid media, the existence of bias is unquestionable. There is no such thing as a level playing field when commercial interests are at hand. The newspaper or television corporation that acquires more viewers will ultimately secure more commercial sponsors (AKA advertisements) and hence a greater financial reward. This is why the most popular or most accepted views that readers / viewers of the public hold will be propagated by the media.
As you can then see, the media not only fails to challenge our conventional views of ethnic groups, they instigate a vicious cycle of disadvantage for ethnic groups that are 'snubbed' (use this word with caution). There is the ongoing notion that 'whites' are the superior race. (you'd find many scandals of black people committing minor offences that are more publicised by the media due to general interest shown by our community).
Obviously there is much to be improved but given the current age of commercialism, there can be no level playing field. The first step starts from educating the public about the dangers of ethnic discrimination. Only when society's perception of ethnic groups become more balanced, can we truly progress.
I wonder what kind of background evidence could i bring into this?? (hopefully with reference and obvious link to organisational psych)
I believe the primacy effect is relevant? Also pitfalls of interviews?
What studies have been done that could tie in with my coursework? Any psychological evidence spring to mind.
I'm grateful for any help. Thanks x.
I too am in the process of doing my psychology coursework. Your aim seems to be real interesting, however, the downside is that there is very little research on your proposed hypothesis. I would advice you to consult journals which may have information convenient to you.
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Hope this helps. Best regards.