EALTH SOCIILOGY: Class & Illness-related behaviour

Learning Activity: Class and illness-related behaviour

Illness-related behaviour (such as smoking, poor nutrition, excess alcohol consumption, poor fitness) is often viewed in individualistic terms. Yet such behaviour follows clear social patterns, whereby the working class tends to have the highest rates, indicating that social origins should also be considered.

Choose an illness-related form of behaviour and briefly identify three social factors that might explain why the working class have the highest rates.

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