PATIENT ALIENATION AND THE SOCIAL-PSYCHOLOGY OF CHRONICITY

Authors

  • T.W. Pulton M.A.

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    • Bill Pulton (B.A. (Spec.), 1972, University of Alberta, Edmonton; M.A., 1974, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.) is presently a doctoral candidate in Psychology at the University of Victoria. During recent years, his fields of research have included the assessment of attitudes toward the physically disabled and the develpment of techniques for positively altering these attitudes.


  • Development of this paper was supported by a grant from the Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Abstract

The perspective developed here is that adequate care of chronically ill patients must include a consideration of their social network and their daily patterns of social interaction. Only by illuminating the many facets of the chronic disease experience can the entire process of alienation be brought into focus.

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