Ethics and Determinant of Health

Ethics and Determinant of Health





Question 1

Most of the scientific study carried out in the society has been considered and deemed to be unethical.  The Milgram’s obedience study was criticized due to its unethical nature. Milgram wanted to conduct an experiment to find out how obedient a person would be to an authority figure (Sanders, 2009). The research involved a teacher and participants, in case the participant does something wrong he or she will be subjected to an electric shock as punishment. The society criticized the study since it had no respect for the individuals. The society draws a line between the good practices or bad based on the ethical factor. Practice will be considered good perhaps when it respects the rights of the person in the society and will be regarded as bad when an individual’s rights are withheld (Brown & Duguid, 2000).

Question 2

The neighborhood community could be having some health problems due to the inadequate housing, the type of food that they can afford or accessible and both the air and water pollution. There has been a lot of concern expressed on behalf of the neighbors concerning the health issues. According to the NYC DOH site, this managed to produce factors like the quality of houses in the area, the air pollution and food type. These shows a correspondent result to the factors that I gave concerning the health condition of the neighbors. The health disparity in the neighborhood is based on income levels; the people who have money and can afford better live and perhaps clean water are safe from the health issues than the ordinary citizens in the community who can barely even afford the daily food (Karpati, Mostashari, Thorpe & Frieden, 2003).


Brown, J. S., & Duguid, P. (2000). The social life of information. Harvard Business Press.

Karpati, A., Lu, X., Mostashari, F., Thorpe, L., & Frieden, T. R. (2003). The health of East Harlem. NYC community health profiles, 1(5), 1-12.

Sanders, L. D. (2009). Discovering research methods in Psychology: A student’s guide. John Wiley & Sons.

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