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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2D06
Professor
Sarah Clancy
Semester
Winter

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Soc 2D06­ Jan 29 Social Psychology of Social Deviance recap and the Social Psychology of  Mental Health Joy Riding Video http://huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22/media­kids­racial­stereotypes_n_3624740.html ­Wade. (2013) “Two 7­year­old boys, two dramatically different news stories (VIDEO).” Japanese Internment Camps Available on Youtube “Japanese Internment during WW 2” McGleish, C (2011) Social Psychology of Mental health ­Not that long ago, mental health was only talked about in discussions of the sociology of  deviance ­Negative label and stigma ­“Sociology of nuts, sluts, and perverts” (Liazos, 1972) ­Changing terminology: ­Badness to sickness/illness (Conrad and Schneider, 1980) Social psychology of mental health: Symbolic Interactionism/Social Constructionism ­Who and what problems are defined as mental illness or health? ­How can we/do we define mental illness? ­Acknowledge the changing meanings, definitions and constructions of mental  health and illness over time­ historically, cultural, and social ­Foucault (1965) was one of the first scholars to study historical constructions of mental  illness (Rohall et al, 2014) Social Psychology of Mental Health ­3 paradigms in the history of mental illness and health (Conrad and Schneider, 1992) ­Sin Paradigm (17  Century) ­Role of the church th th ­Crime Paradigm (Late 17 ­18  century) ­Secularization: move to criminalization ­Disease Paradigm (19  Century) ­Medicalization: identifying and treating disease, illness of health­related  issues ­Movement towards “medicalization” ­Deviance, social problems, illnesses, etc., can be identified, treated (and labeled),  controlled/managed by the medical field (Conrad and Schneider, 1980) ­Medicalization involves power ­Power to define, label and control what is seen as mental illness or health, and  “appropriate” ways to deal or treat it ­3 assumptions of the medical model ­Cause ­In this case, medical/biological; something within the individual ­Labeling of the problem ­Treatment or management ­Because this is rooted in social construction, what conditions, issues, symptoms,  behaviours, etc. are labeled or medicalized can change over time ­Can you think of any examples? ­Conrad notes THREE important trends in medicalization ­1) the power and authority of the medical profession” ­Decision­making power to define what is or is not mental illness or health  and label it as such ­2) Activities of social movements and interest groups ­Creation of support groups, movements or organizations that want to  “medicalize an issue” ­3) Directed organizational or professional activities ­Policies, guidelines (i.e., DSM) or defining and labeling of diseases,  treatments, protocols, etc., Therefore, medicaliation of mental illness and illness operates like the process of claims  making ­Who? Who are the claim­makers? ­What? What claims are they making? ­When/where? What is the socio­historical context? ­How? What strategies are they using to press their claims? ­Outcome? Has it worked? Is it working? ­What does you textbook say about self­help movements? ­Do daytime medical shows, medical television dramas, etc., WebMD, contribute at all to  the self­help movement? ­The Ne
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