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How does disability/illness affect social identity? Help, please.

Discussion in 'Social sciences' started by Robert the Surfer, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. I wish to find any information/research on how being told that you have long term illnes or disability affects people's self identity.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. A starting point may be google scholar or specialist psychology journals? Talcott Parson's 'sick role' theory may be of interest. In a nut a shell, he basically stated that the sick role was a label given to someone who was ill and with the label came expected ways of behaving in order to be defined as sick and be let off from everyday responsibilities, but this was only suppose to be a temporary.
  3. You could look at the social/medical models.

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