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Cultural Factors in Sick-Role Expectations

  • Alexander Segall

Abstract

“Every human society faces the prospect of sickness and each one has developed its own general cultural adaptations for it, which constitute its solutions” (Simmons & Wolff, 1954, p. 74). Culture serves as a subtle, but systematic influence upon the way in which the members of any society perceive the world around them. The distinctive way of life which characterizes a particular group or subgroup of a society includes the health-related behavior of its members. For example, “cultures and subcultural groups vary in the extent to which they perceive a set of circumstances as constituting illness or health, abnormality or normalcy, as calling for action or disregarding” (King, 1962, p. 67).

Keywords

Behavioral Dimension Sociocultural Factor Role Expectation Russell Sage Foundation Illness Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Segall
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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