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Research Interests for Linda K. George

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I received my B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the Miami University of Ohio. My Ph.D. in sociology is from Duke University (1975) and my postdoctoral training, in aging, was performed at Duke University School of Medicine. I am a sociologist interested in social psychology, aging and adult development, medical sociology, and family relationships. I have performed extensive research in these areas. My most recent work examines social precursors of depression, the effects of stress on health, and the relationships between religion and health. I enjoy teaching Social Psychology (SOC 106/PSY 116),and graduate seminars in medical sociology and life course and aging. In 1991, I won the Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award for my outstanding work in the classroom. I collect murder mysteries.

Absenteeism, Academic Medical Centers, Achievement, Activities of Daily Living, Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adrenergic beta-Antagonists, Adult, Affect, African Americans, African Continental Ancestry Group, Age Factors, Age of Onset, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Aging, Agoraphobia, Alcoholism, Alzheimer Disease, Ambulatory Care, Amputation, Analysis of Variance, Anemia, Sickle Cell, Anti-Anxiety Agents, Antidepressive Agents, Antihypertensive Agents, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, Arrhythmias, Cardiac, Arthritis, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip, Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee, Attitude, Attitude of Health Personnel, Attitude to Death, Attitude to Health, Australia, Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Research, Benzodiazepines, Bias (Epidemiology), Bipolar Disorder, Blood Pressure, Borderline Personality Disorder, Brain, Caregivers, Case Management, Case-Control Studies, Catchment Area (Health), Cerebrovascular Circulation, Cerebrovascular Disorders, Chi-Square Distribution, Child, Child Abuse, Sexual, Child Behavior Disorders, Child of Impaired Parents, China, Christianity, Chronic Disease, Cognition, Cognition Disorders, Cohort Studies, Colonic Neoplasms, Combined Modality Therapy, Commitment of Mentally Ill, Community Mental Health Centers, Community Mental Health Services, Community Networks, Comorbidity, Confidence Intervals, Confounding Factors (Epidemiology), Continental Population Groups, Convalescence, Cost of Illness, Cost Sharing, Counseling, Cross-Sectional Studies, Culture, Cystic Fibrosis, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders, Delivery of Health Care, Dementia, Depression, Depressive Disorder, Depressive Disorder, Major, Diagnosis, Differential, Disability Evaluation, Disabled Persons, Disease Progression, Diuretics, Divorce, Drug Administration Schedule, Drug Prescriptions, Drug Therapy, Drug Utilization, Economics, Education, Education, Medical, Educational Status, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Emotions, Empirical Research, Employment, Epidemiologic Methods, Epidemiology, Ethics, Medical, Ethnic Groups, Europe, European Continental Ancestry Group, Evaluation Studies as Topic, Exercise, Family, Family Characteristics, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Forecasting, Geriatric Assessment, Geriatrics, Grief, Guilt, Happiness, Health, Health Care Costs, Health Care Reform, Health Care Surveys, Health Education, Health Expenditures, Health Promotion, Health Services, Health Services for the Aged, Health Services Needs and Demand, Health Services Research, Health Status, Health Surveys, Heart Diseases, Heart Rate, Hemodynamics, Herpes Zoster, Hip Fractures, History, 20th Century, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Home Care Services, Home Nursing, Homebound Persons, Hospitalization, Hostility, Human Development, Humans, Hypertension, Identification (Psychology), Incidence, Income, Inflammation Mediators, Inpatients, Insurance, Psychiatric, Interdisciplinary Communication, Interdisciplinary research, Interleukin-6, Interpersonal Relations, Interprofessional Relations, Interviews as Topic, Jealousy, Life Change Events, Life Style, Linear Models, Logistic Models, Long-Term Care, Longitudinal Studies, Lower Extremity, Lung Neoplasms, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Manuals as Topic, Marriage, Maternal Behavior, Maternal Deprivation, Medicare, Medicine, Memory, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Mental Health Services, Mental Status Schedule, Mentally Ill Persons, Middle Aged, Mobility Limitation, Models, Psychological, Models, Statistical, Models, Theoretical, Mortality, Mothers, Motor Skills, Multivariate Analysis, Neoplasms, Neuropsychological Tests, Nonprescription Drugs, North Carolina, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Occupational Therapy, Occupations, Odds Ratio, Osteoarthritis, Knee, Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care), Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Outpatients, Oxygen Consumption, Pain, Palliative Care, Pancreatic Neoplasms, Panic, Parent-Child Relations, Paternal Deprivation, Paternalism, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Patient Compliance, Patient Selection, Perception, Periodicity, Personal Autonomy, Personal Satisfaction, Personality, Personality Development, Personality Disorders, Personality Inventory, Phobic Disorders, Physical Fitness, Physical Therapy Modalities, Physicians, Pilot Projects, Population Surveillance, Poverty, Predictive Value of Tests, Premenstrual Syndrome, Prevalence, Private Sector, Probability, Professional Competence, Prognosis, Proportional Hazards Models, Prospective Studies, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychiatry, Psychological Tests, Psychological Theory, Psychology, Psychology, Social, Psychometrics, Psychomotor Disorders, Psychomotor Performance, Psychoneuroimmunology, Psychotherapy, Psychotropic Drugs, Public Policy, Public Sector, Publishing, Quality of Life, Questionnaires, Radio, Random Allocation, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Rape, Recurrence, Regression Analysis, Religion, Religion and Medicine, Religion and Psychology, Religiousness, Remission Induction, Reproducibility of Results, Research, Research Design, Research Subjects, Residence Characteristics, Respiration, Retirement, Retrospective Studies, Risk Assessment, Risk Factors, Risk-Taking, Role, Rural Population, Sampling Studies, Schizophrenia, Self Administration, Self Care, Self Medication, Semantic Differential, Sensitivity and Specificity, Serial Learning, Severity of Illness Index, Sex, Sex Characteristics, Sex Factors, Sexual abuse, Sexual Behavior, Sibling Relations, Sick Role, Smoking, Social Adjustment, Social Behavior, Social Class, Social Conformity, Social Environment, Social Isolation, Social Security, Social Support, Social Values, Social Work, Socialization, Socioeconomic Factors, Socioeconomic status, Sociology, Somatoform Disorders, Space-Time Clustering, Spirituality, Statistics as Topic, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Stress, Psychological, Stroke, Substance-Related Disorders, Suicide, Attempted, Survival Analysis, Taiwan, Television, Temperance, Terminal Care, Terminally Ill, Time Factors, Treatment Outcome, United States, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Urban Population, Verbal Learning, Veterans, Waiting Lists, Wheelchairs, Women's Health, Yoga
Current projects:
Social support in religious communities
Social antecedents of depression in late life
Explaining the link between religion and health
Examining effects of long-term trajectoris of stress
Impact of medical technology on population health
Recent Publications   (search)
  1. Zheng, H; George, LK, Does Medical Expansion Improve Population Health?, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 59 no. 1 (March, 2018), pp. 113-132 [doi[abs].
  2. George, LK, Research on religion and health: Time to be born again?, in Homo Religiosus?: Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience (January, 2018), pp. 157-176 [doi].
  3. George, LK, Cognition and culture: Implications for understanding religion/spirituality, in New Dimensions in Spirituality, Religion, and Aging (January, 2018), pp. 134-158 [doi[abs].
  4. Horne, AJ; Chiew, KS; Zhuang, J; George, LK; Adcock, RA; Potter, GG; Lad, EM; Cousins, SW; Lin, FR; Mamo, SK; Chen, N-K; Maciejewski, AJ; Duong Fernandez, X; Whitson, HE, Relating Sensory, Cognitive, and Neural Factors to Older Persons' Perceptions about Happiness: An Exploratory Study., Journal of Aging Research, vol. 2018 (2018), pp. 4930385 [doi[abs].
  5. Brasher, MS; George, LK; Shi, X; Yin, Z; Zeng, Y, Incorporating biomarkers into the study of socio-economic status and health among older adults in China., Ssm Population Health, vol. 3 (December, 2017), pp. 577-585 [doi[abs].

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