251. The Sick Role


This Sociology Factsheet will look at the sick role, what it is and how sociologists explain it.

The Factsheet includes Exam Hints to help you to use your knowledge to gain maximum marks, while the activities give you the opportunity to apply what you have learned and will help you develop your skills in this area.

Words in bold are explained in the glossary and a reference list is included at the end of the Factsheet.

The examiner will expect you to be able to:

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the sick role.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the factors that affect the sick role.
  • Explain the rights and obligations of the sick role.
  • Evaluate the sick role.
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Publication Date

April 2022


ISSN: 1351-5136

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