PSY345H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Prenatal Diagnosis

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Published on 17 Apr 2013
School
UTM
Department
Psychology
Course
PSY345H5
Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives (1) April 2, 2013
Moral superiority of our times
Freak shows-“little people big world”
Value of life-Marx agues value of life is sometimes higher for others
-Robert-killed daughter with carbon monoxide
-it was pre-meditated but he got
-don’t know how they would act if had to raise a child with a disability
-impairment is culturally constituted as tragic
-desire to continue living under such circumstances is incomprehensible
Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives (2)
Medicine presents itself as value free but is it?
Scientific eradication of disability-at the end of the day, if medicine trying to
get rid of disability,
Objective gaze
Playing god-we can now enable that child to survive
Eugenics-hearing impairments carry genes that are responsible
-1/6 people in society carry a gene for a hearing impairment
Amniocentesis-amniotic fluid test, prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal
abnormalities
Medicine as a gate keep of public funds-
Final determination that doctors make- “sick role”-if you’re sick, can’t do
anything but being sick
If you have mental illness and doctor signs you were sick that day-very big on
if you were criminally responsible
Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives (3)
Impairment-is the internal aspect of our body that is broken
-not working the way our body should, not being able to function, not being able to
do something that the body can do in other individuals
-could be neurological damage, could be a bone, an amputated limb, inability to
control movements
Disability-experience that the person has as a result
-experience person has rather than aspect of the body
-not being able to get to work and therefore not being able to work
Does impairment lead to disability?
-According to the medical model-Absolutely
Pre-industrialization-
The build environment
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Value of life-marx agues value of life is sometimes higher for others. Don"t know how they would act if had to raise a child with a disability. Desire to continue living under such circumstances is incomprehensible. Scientific eradication of disability-at the end of the day, if medicine trying to get rid of disability, Playing god-we can now enable that child to survive. Eugenics-hearing impairments carry genes that are responsible. 1/6 people in society carry a gene for a hearing impairment. Amniocentesis-amniotic fluid test, prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities. Medicine as a gate keep of public funds- Final determination that doctors make- sick role -if you"re sick, can"t do anything but being sick. If you have mental illness and doctor signs you were sick that day-very big on if you were criminally responsible. Impairment-is the internal aspect of our body that is broken.

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