5) My description of the sick role
draws on two sources based on Talcott Parsons' original coinage in The Social System ( 1991), Arthur W.
The motivation for the perpetrator's behavior is to assume the sick role
Sex differences in sick role
rejection and in work performance following cardiac surgery.
Parsons used the concept of the sick role
to describe the responsibilities and expectations of acutely ill members of American society.
But to the extent that there is some residue of the old gender role, women may more easily fit into the sick role
They began to act out a sick role
simply because they had been labeled as sick.
Patient behavior may be described within the context of either the sick role
espoused by Parsons or the need for autonomy developed by Conrad.
Although DSM-IV-TR (Table 2) assumes that the motivation for the patient with factitious disorder is to assume the sick role
, DSM-5 merely states that the she (he) should present themselves as ill, impaired, or injured.
When patients under treatment for chronic pain are referred for management of emotional issues, "psychiatrists need to provide empathy and an understanding of their suffering, and help with healthy adaptation to the sick role
," said Dr.
A sick role
is created, which allows the patient to regress and reinforces the dependent role.