Health, Social, Psychological, And Environmental Conditioning Essay

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Anita Flores Gonzalez
November 15, 2016
Population Health

Unit Essay 2
Humans are always adapting to their surroundings. This is even true when it comes to our health. Our behavior changes as our health fluctuates. Behavior is a complex process that is continuously changing. Health professionals recognize that to promote healthy behaviors, they are challenging in opposition to powerful forces such as, linking social, psychological and environmental conditioning (McQueen). This leads to medical and sociological term known as “illness behavior.” This is a process of responding to symptoms and deciding whether to seek diagnosis and treatment. The illness behavior model suggests that people are more likely to seek medical care if: “their symptoms are frequent, persistent, visible, and severe enough to interfere with daily activities; they lack alternative explanations for their symptoms; their families and friends generally trust doctors and support seeking medical care for health problems and if there is no psychological, economic, or practical barriers keep them from accessing health care” (Wilkinson Lecture). Whether or not medical care is sought out is also affected by a variety of other factors. A few of these factors include the fact that: women are more likely to seek medical care; older adults seek more medical care overall; and those with a low SES are less likely to seek medical care. In the following paper there will be an example of a person who sought

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