This essay applies insights from data gathered in a previous study on divorce and disability to suggest contributions clinical sociologists can make to ease the human condition. Intensive interviews were taken of couples one of each of whom was afflicted with multiple sclerosis, a demyelinating neurological disorder. Given the elevated divorce rate among MS couples, the previous study specified some conditions under which the chances of divorce could be reduced. Clinical sociologists can serve in six basic functions, perhaps more distinct in theory than in practice: 1) teacher; 2) forecaster; 3) metaphysician; 4) sociotherapist; 5) facilitator of interaction; and 6) reformer.

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