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These researchers lobby for the consideration of cultural/interpersonal/social factors, which they believe is a key variable in understanding the etiology of mental disorders. Key to this school of thought, the social/cultural/interpersonal perspective, is the distinction between disease and illness. The disease is defined as an abnormality in the structure or functioning of body systems and organs whereas illness is defined as an experience of discontinuity in an individual’s state of being, and or in their perceived role performances (Eisenberg, 1977).