Sick Role Theory in Sociology: Definition & Overview


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Which of the following BEST describes the key perspective of sick role theory, as originally proposed by Talcott Parsons in 1951?

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1. Sanctioned deviance refers to:

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the rights and responsibilities of sick persons that Talcott Parsons identifies?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The role and rights of people who suffer from medical conditions have evolved as society has expanded its desire and ability to care for these sick individuals. The quiz and worksheet for this lesson will help you to understand and recall the details of sick role theory and see how it applies to those suffering from different illnesses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Key perspectives of sick role theory
  • Get to know Talcott Parsons who developed the theory
  • Evolution of the treatment of patients
  • The concept of sanctioned deviance

Skills Practiced

The tools for this lesson will assess your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sick role theory lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as deviance and legitimization
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about illness in a different light

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the lesson Sick Role Theory in Sociology: Definition & Overview in order to fully comprehend all of the important information. This lesson will focus on:

  • Discover different approaches to treating patients
  • Identify Talcott Parsons
  • Understand sanctioned deviance & legitimization
  • Discover how views on illness have changed in modern times