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Title: Examining the Social Drift Theory: The Relationship Between Poverty and Illness
Objective: The objective of this assignment is to explore and critically analyze the social drift theory, which posits a potential relationship between poverty and illness. Students are expected to conduct in-depth research, express their ideas, and provide evidence-based arguments to support their stance on whether poverty causes illness, illness causes poverty, or if there is a bidirectional relationship.
- Introduction: a. Start the assignment with an introductory paragraph explaining the significance of understanding the relationship between poverty and illness. b. Provide a brief overview of the social drift theory and its main propositions.
- Literature Review: a. Conduct thorough research on the social drift theory, examining studies, scholarly articles, and reputable sources that discuss the relationship between poverty and illness. b. Analyze different perspectives and arguments put forth by researchers in this field. c. Identify any gaps or limitations in the existing literature.
- Arguments on Poverty and Illness: a. Present arguments and evidence supporting the idea that poverty leads to illness. b. Present arguments and evidence supporting the idea that illness leads to poverty. c. Discuss any research that suggests a bidirectional relationship between poverty and illness.
- Causal Mechanisms: a. Investigate potential causal mechanisms that explain how poverty might lead to illness or vice versa. b. Examine social, economic, and psychological factors that contribute to the relationship.
- Case Studies and Examples: a. Include relevant case studies or examples that illustrate instances where poverty and illness appear to be connected. b. Analyze these case studies to strengthen your arguments.
- Counterarguments: a. Address any potential counterarguments against the social drift theory or its implications. b. Discuss alternative theories that explain the relationship between poverty and illness.
- Public Health Implications: a. Discuss the implications of the social drift theory on public health policies and interventions. b. Evaluate the effectiveness of current approaches to address poverty-related health issues.
- Conclusion: a. Summarize the key findings and arguments presented in the assignment. b. Provide a well-reasoned conclusion on the relationship between poverty and illness based on the evidence and research presented.
Formatting and Submission Guidelines:
- The assignment should be in essay format, structured with clear headings and subheadings for each section.
- Use scholarly sources, academic journals, and reputable websites for research.
- Cite all sources appropriately using a standard citation format (e.g., APA, MLA).
- The word count for the assignment should be specified (e.g., 1500-2000 words).
- Double-check for grammar and spelling errors before submission.
Note: Encourage students to critically engage with the topic, think independently, and form their own conclusions based on the evidence presented. Remind them to be mindful of potential biases and to approach the subject matter with an open mind and a rigorous analytical approach.
Social Drift Theory: The Relationship between Poverty and Illness
Social drift theory is a psychological assumption explaining the relationship between social class and mental illness. According to Jin, Zhu, and He (2020), the theory assumes that individuals experience a downward drift towards a lower social-economic position due to mental complications. The symptoms of these mental health disorders instigate the downward drift among the victims, forcing them to feel disengaged from society. In this case, most abandon societal norms, leading to rejection by society and, subsequently, a downward drift to a lower social class. Generally, poverty and illness are two concepts that are related in various ways. For instance, poverty increases the risk of mental health complications such as depression and anxiety, which can be causation factors for societal disengagement. It is also a consequence factor, whereby mental health symptoms may degenerate people’s social status.
Additionally, the availability of limited economic resources increases people’s focus on their immediate short-term goals while disregarding peripheral duties (Jin, Zhu & He, 2020). Such a scarcity mindset influences people to embrace a vicious cycle of poverty. Lastly, poverty affects the brain and its cognition. For instance, raising children in low socio-economic households negatively impacts their cognitive and neurological activity when they become adults. Such children have a reduced ability to pay attention and plan successfully, setting precedence for the first step of the vicious cycle. Therefore, Jin, Zhu, and He (2020) observe that poverty and illness interact in a vicious cycle, such that either can have a negative consequence on the other. Traumatized or stressed individuals find it challenging to concentrate on economic activities that can generate income, hence may be forced to adapt to a lower social-economic status. Similarly, people living in poverty spend most of their time contemplating their social status and may get stressed or traumatized about how to achieve economic stability.
Jin, Y., Zhu, D., & He, P. (2020). Social causation or social selection? The longitudinal interrelationship between poverty and depressive symptoms in China. Social Science & Medicine, 249, 112848.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112848