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MCAT Beh. Sci Ch. 11

Functionalism: Focuses on the function of each component of society and how those components fit together.
Manifest Functions: Are deliberate actions that serve to help a given system
Latent Functions: Are unexpected, unintended, or unrecognized positive consequences of manifest functions
Conflict Theory: Focuses on how power differentials are created and how these differentials contribute to the maintenance of social order
Symbolic Interactionism: Is the study of the ways individuals interact through a shared understanding of words, gestures, and other symbols
Social Constructionism: Explores the ways in which individuals and groups make decisions to agree upon a given social reality
Social Institutions: Are well-established social structures that dictate certain patterns of behavior or relationships and are accepted as a fundamental part of culture. Common social institutions include the family, education, religion, the govt / economy, and health
Four Key Ethical Tenets Of American Medicine: Beneficence, Nonmaleficence, Respect For Autonomy, and Justice
Beneficence: Refers to acting in the patient's best interest
Nonmaleficence: Refers to avoiding treatments for which risk is larger than benefit
Respect For Autonomy: Refers to respecting patients' rights to make decisions about their own healthcare
Justice: Refers to treating similar patients similarly and distributing healthcare resources fairly
Created by: SamB91