Week 1: Activity Post Prompt

Title: Based on your worldview, some conditions from the Illness activity were more obvious “illnesses”, while others weren’t. However, there may have been a few that were hard to decide on – choose one of those as your title (e.g. “Migraines”)

Body: (300 words)

  • Share your definitions of health and illness – what criteria did you use?
  • Try to explain where you think these criteria came from – society, the media, family, personal experience, school, etc.
  • Pick two or more of the conditions from the list (including the one from your title) and explain your thought process on determining whether or not it should be considered an “illness”.

Comment: (200 words)

  • Pick a post with a condition you didn’t analyze in your own post.
  • Do some research and explain how that condition is perceived and treated in another culture.

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  1. Amber Roberts says:

    Infertility is a common problem in many developing countries, especially in Africa. It is estimated that one out of every three couples in central Africa is affected. The article, “Cultural Misconceptions and Emotional Burden of Infertility in South East Nigeria,” shows how important procreation is in the African culture and how a woman proves her womanhood through motherhood, and that fathers do the same. Because procreation is so important in Africa, infertility constitutes a crisis in the affected family and they may become isolated or neglected. In general, the blame of infertility falls on the women and they receive the brunt for any infertility complications, even if the male refuses to undergo any fertility testing or treatment. Furthermore, studies showed that infertile women were likely to suffer from partner abuse, psychological and emotional trauma from their families, as well as stigmatization in society. Clearly, this is very different from how we view infertility here in the United States, and it’s sad to be how people are shamed in African society due to factors that are out of our control.

    O Umeora, G Igberase, S Okogbenin, I Obu. Cultural Misconceptions And Emotional Burden Of Infertility In South East Nigeria. The Internet Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2008 Volume 10 Number 2. (Accessed July 2014)

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