Kristin Turney's Article: Sociological Analysis

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Sociological Analysis of Kristin Turney’s Article Introduction Medical sociology refers to the study of how human behavioural patterns influence the overall health of a particular individual in a given society. According to Turney (2014), it is an area that does not only provide information on the causative aspects of ill-behaviours and how they lead to health problems, but also provides remedial insights into solving such ill-behaviours before they culminate into chronic health problems. Then, it is clear that sociology is interrelated and interconnected with medicine. In this regard, this paper seeks to present an essay that sociologically analyzes Kristin Turney’s article, entitled: “Stress proliferation across generations? Examining the…show more content…
Since sociology is a wide field that deals with the study of origin, growth, composition and institutions of human behaviour, it is applicable in empirical and analytical research analysis to provide information on social change, order or disorder. Alternatively, sociological analysis provides concepts that establish social welfare policies or refine the existing concepts on social processes. In this regard, Turney (2014) shows how sociological behaviours or activities such as parental incarceration affect the children’s behaviour and overall physical health. Turney (2014) postulates that the stress associated with parental incarceration adversely affects the behavioural pattern of the children, which in turn leads to the deterioration in mental and physical health. The postulate is in line with the stress process theory, which explains that inadequacy in social structures predisposes an individual to social inequities (stressors) that result in detrimental health impacts. According to the Turney (2014), parental incarceration is one of the social stressors that tend to prevail in negative situations such as racial segregation, poor health and poverty, low education and…show more content…
With respect to Turney (2014), incarceration is a social stressor that denies the children a chance to experience parental care. The lack of adequate parental care results into various negative impacts such as inability to afford clothing, food, housing and education, societal segregation and neglect, vulnerability to social misconduct. Narrowly, it does not end there, because when such children find out that they cannot access or obtain vital needs in their developmental stages, they tend to view the world as an enemy. Moreover, social neglect and mistreatment coupled with racial discrimination fuels such feeling and attitudes among the incarcerated parents’ children that eventually cause stress. As an easy way of dealing with such stress, the younger children between the ages of 4-12 years tend to seclude themselves from the society. Such solitude at a tender age creates a platform that fosters negative thinking and erosion of moral values. In other words, the children’s behaviour changes such that they do not differentiate well from unwell deeds. For instance, Turney (2014) shows that parental incarceration affects the social development of such children. Specifically, the children suffer from development problems with

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