LECTURE NOTES - POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
PSYCH VS. Psychology stance: Sociology stance
SOCIOLOGY Suicide = individual issue. Suicide = sociological imagination
Suicide appears to be anti-social / individual act.
SOCIOLOGY'S Suicidal thoughts = momentary impulse.
STANCE ON Rise of suicides in Cda = social changes in society.
If suicide were just the result of individual depression or mental illness, they would not vary
systematically by group & time.
Administrative Decisions & Suicide Rates
PROBLEMS Changes in recording death certificates
can't record accidental suicides eg: jump infront of train /car
WITH Different countries record suicide differently
SUICIDES Now count children suicides.
DURKHEIM showed that suicide rates:
SUICIDE 1. decrease w/ social solidarity 2. increase w/ anomie
FINDINGS Social Solidarity - ties that bind us to other ppl.
Social change = producer of anomie (normlessness)
SOLIDARITY & anomie occurs after life changes (eg: new jobs, getting fired, divorced, illness & death)
ANOMIES. SUICIDE: applying social solidarity & anomie to society.
1. Rural = more social solidarity = friendly ppl & they expect to talk to you
Urban = more anomie = recession, competiveness
2. Protestant = more individual (less social solidarity)
Catholics = priest to guide you (more social solidarity)
3. Non-Aboriginal -
ANOMIE & Aboriginal - broken society / culture (less social solidarity)
SOCIAL 4. Old ppl = less social solidarity / more anomie
TO SOCIETY anomies = friends died or too sick, families moved, retired & death of spouse.
Young ppl = more social solidarity
5. Us Military = (more anomie)
wars = PTSD, lack of social support & anomie (no jobs / lack of medical care after war)
Civilians = (more social solidarity)
MEN = social solidarity ↓ anomie ↑ (don't talk about everything)
WOMEN WOMEN = more social solidarity = keep families together & family oriented / have close friends.
SOCIOLOGY'S Auguste Comte = Social laws equivalent to laws of nature.
FUNCTIONALISM: (functions or benefits for society as a whole)
(DURKHEIM) Shared values in society contribute to keeping society together (social stability)
Successful socialization = critical for stability
FUNCTIONALISM like a body - each part of body part is important = one part is not the most important.
like lego pieces - they connect togeth