DescriptionSocial epidemiology is the study of how social interactions—social norms, laws, institutions, conventia, social conditions and behavior—affect the health of populations. This practical, comprehensive introduction to methods in social epidemiology is written by experts in the field. It is perfectly timed for the growth in interest among those in public health, community health, preventive medicine, sociology, political science, social work, and other areas of social research.
Topics covered are:
- Introduction: Advancing Methods in Social Epidemiology
- The History of Methods of Social Epidemilogy to 1965
- Indicators of Socioeconomic Position
- Measuring and Analyzing 'Race'
- Racism and Racial Discrimination
- Measuring Poverty
- Measuring Health Inequalities
- A Conceptual Framework for Measuring Segregation and its Association with Population Outcomes
- Measures of Residential Community Contexts
- Using Census Data to Approximate Neighborhood Effects
- Community-based Participatory Research: Rationale and Relevance for Social Epidemiology
- Network Methods in Social Epidemiology
- Identifying Social Interactions: A Review, Multilevel Studies
- Experimental Social Epidemiology: Controlled Community Trials
- Propensity Score Matching Methods for Social Epidemiology
- Natural Experiments and Instrumental Variable Analyses in Social Epidemiology
- and Using Causal Diagrams to Understand Common Problems in Social Epidemiology.
"Publication of this highly informative textbook clearly reflects the coming of age of many social epidemiology methods, the importance of which rests on their potential contribution to significantly improving the effectiveness of the population-based approach to prevention. This book should be of great interest not only to more advanced epidemiology students but also to epidemiologists in general, particularly those concerned with health policy and the translation of epidemiologic findings into public health practice. The cause of achieving a ‘more complete’ epidemiology envisaged by the editors has been significantly advanced by this excellent textbook."
—Moyses Szklo, professor of epidemiology and editor-in-chief, American Journal of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
"Social epidemiology is a comparatively new field of inquiry that seeks to describe and explain the social and geographic distribution of health and of the determinants of health. This book considers the major methodological challenges facing this important field. Its chapters, written by experts in a variety of disciplines, are most often authoritative, typically provocative, and often debatable, but always worth reading."
—Stephen W. Raudenbush, Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
"The roadmap for a new generation of social epidemiologists. The publication of this treatise is a significant event in the history of the discipline."
—Ichiro Kawachi, professor of social epidemiology, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard University
"Methods in Social Epidemiology not only illuminates the difficult questions that future generations of social epidemiologists must ask, it also identifies the paths they must boldly travel in the pursuit of answers, if this exciting interdisciplinary science is to realize its full potential. This beautifully edited volume appears at just the right moment to exert a profound influence on the field."
—Sherman A. James, Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies, professor of Community and Family Medicine, professor of African-American Studies, Duke University
About the Editors xi
About the Authors xiii
PART ONE: BACKGROUND 1
1 Introduction: Advancing Methods in Social Epidemiology 3
J. Michael Oakes and Jay S. Kaufman
2 The History of Methods of Social Epidemiology to 1965 21
Christopher S. Hamlin
PART TWO: MEASURES AND MEASUREMENT 45
3 Indicators of Socioeconomic Position 47
Bruna Galobardes, Mary Shaw, Debbie A. Lawlor, George Davey Smith, and John Lynch
4 Measuring and Analyzing "Race," Racism, and Racial Discrimination 86
Saffron Karlsen and James Yzet Nazroo
5 Measuring Poverty 112
David M. Betson and Jennifer L. Warlick
6 Measuring Health Inequalities 134
Sam Harper and John Lynch
7 A Conceptual Framework for Measuring Segregation and Its Association with Population Outcomes 169
Sean F. Reardon
8 Measures of Residential Community Contexts 193
Patricia O'Campo and Margaret O'Brien Caughy
9 Using Census Data to Approximate Neighborhood Effects 209
Lynne C. Messer and Jay S. Kaufman
PART THREE: DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 237
10 Community-Based Participatory Research: Rationale and Relevance for Social Epidemiology 239
Paula M. Lantz, Barbara A. Israel, Amy J. Schulz, and Angela Reyes
11 Network Methods in Social Epidemiology 267
Peter V. Marsden
12 Identifying Social Interactions: A Review 287
Lawrence E. Blume and Steven N. Durlauf
13 Multilevel Studies 316
Tony A. Blakely and S. V. Subramanian
14 Experimental Social Epidemiology—Controlled Community Trials 341
Peter J. Hannan
15 Propensity Score Matching for Social Epidemiology 370
J. Michael Oakes and Pamela Jo Johnson
16 Using Causal Diagrams to Understand Common Problems in Social Epidemiology 393
M. Maria Glymour
17 Natural Experiments and Instrumental Variable Analyses in Social Epidemiology 429
M. Maria Glymour
Name Index 461
Subject Index 469
- The volume editors are stars of this field.
- The book includes contributions from pioneers in the field such as Margaret O’Brian Caughy, Ichiro Kawachi, Paula Lantz, and John Lynch.
- Covers history of social epidemiology and core concepts such as community measures and casual inference.
- Provides methodological approaches to socioeconomic position, social capital, segregation, and poverty. Explains design and analysis of interaction-based models, community trials, participatory research, propensity score, and instrumental variable.
- Provides ready-made introduction to methods for one of the hottest research areas in health and social sciences.