Week 9

Week 9

Explain the Whitehall Study in detail. What is the significance of this study? What are the criticisms of this study?

In order to illustrate the social construction of illness, choose a specific “disease” and trace how it’s been approached historically. Then discuss how the same illness is approached in the present. For example, the history of alcoholism shows its perception changed from concerns of morality and self-control, to one of chemical addiction based on genetic tendencies. Other illnesses you can write on include schizophrenia, ADHD, depression, etc.

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