The psychiatric sick role and rejection.

  • Stuart A. Kirk
  • Published 1975 in The Journal of nervous and mental disease


One of the most generally accepted assumptions among mental health professionals is that if the mentally ill were accorded the rights and obligations of the sick role, they would be less rejected by the public. This is the first study that could be found in the literature which examines whether or not this assumption is valid. The data strongly suggest that… (More)