By David L. Armstrong
Because the final variation of this booklet, released in 1983, the textual content has been rewritten and rearranged to offer an up-to-date review of the topic. The emphasis is on delivering a framework for figuring out the connection among well-being care and the society within which it happens
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Similarly pollution and occupational hazards relate to individual behaviour and group interests; and of course cigarette smoking, the largest cause of mortality in developed countries, is very much a behaviour which influences health. 2. Increase in expectation of life in males from 1838-54 to 1970. (After McKeown, 1979) McKeown provides data on the improvement in life expectancy by age group and whether smokers or not. 2 shows that the improvement in life expectancy over the last 130 years is at least halved in each age group by the simple behaviour of smoking.
In other words 31 Life events friends might not actually be offering any support but if the person believes that they are - or that they would if called upon - then this should have the same psychological impact as if there was support present. In other words it was not the social support itself but the belief in the social support which was important. If social support is simply the belief in its existence then people with strong beliefs should be more protected from illness than those without.
Measuring morbidity is difficult (see Chapter 3), but according to at least three measures, namely surveys of self-reported illness, data on using health services (which is probably an acceptable indicator given that availability of services is relatively constant in any comparison between the sexes), and some morbidity surveys, women have more illnesses than men. In summary, women get ill but men die. How is this apparent contradiction to be explained? First it is important to stress that the explanation is likely to be a social one.
An Outline of Sociology As Applied to Medicine by David L. Armstrong