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  • 1. Evaluating the Sick Role Look at the evaluation points below. Can you add to them? 1 Not everyone who feels ill adopts the sick role. Why do you think this is? 2 Not everyone who is ill gets sympathy from others. Why do you think this is? 3 Some diseases involve high degrees of stigma (social disapproval, rejection and inferior status), and sufferers may wish to conceal knowledge of their illness. Therefore they may want to avoid the sick role because of the consequences of doing so. Which diseases are associated with stigma? 4 Some diseases are not curable and it may be better for the individual and society to avoid the sick role and try to carry on with normal life as much as possible. Who might these apply to? 5 The sick don’t always act as well behaved, passive and obedient patients implied by the sick role. They may refuse to cooperate with doctors, challenge diagnoses and authority, and ask for second opinions. Why?