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The Sick Role Concept: Understanding Illness Behavior

Alexander Segall
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 17, No. 2 (Jun., 1976), pp. 162-169
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136342
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Abstract

The primary objective of this paper is to review the past twenty years of research activity stimulated by Parsons' original formulation of the sick role concept. The paper also includes an assessment of the present status of this conceptual model and some implications for future research. This review suggests that many questions still remain unanswered. Consequently, an attempt is made to develop a paradigm intended to facilitate the integration of existing research evidence pertaining to sources of variance in the sick role and to provide a guide to a more comprehensive, systematic approach to the study of the sick role.

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