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Population Health Research
Linking Theory and Methods

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September 1993 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book is a comprehensive introduction to the methodological basis of population health research, and a critical assessment of theoretical issues affecting the quality of research on health and behaviour.

Research into the many factors that shape human health or illness, has traditionally emphasized experimental design and the statistical effects of specific factors. While due attention is paid to such methods, the contributors emphasize the importance of theory-guided, multi-method approaches for research into the complex forces affecting health, health-related behaviour and the effectiveness of health services. Throughout, the value of analytical models of population health is related to their utility in informing and building theoretical knowledge.

Kathryn Dean
Introduction
Kathryn Dean
Integrating Theory and Methods in Population Health Research
Matilda White Riley
A Theoretical Basis for Research on Health
Fredric D Wolinsky
Age, Period and Cohort Analyses of Health-Related Behaviour
John R Nesselroade and Scott L Hershberger
Intraindividual Variability
Methodological Issues for Population Health Research  
David V McQueen
A Methodological Approach for Assessing the Stability of Variables Used in Population Research on Health
Svend Kreiner
Validation of Index Scales for Analysis of Survey Data
The Sympton Index  
David Cox
Some Aspects of Statistical Models
Joe Whittaker
Graphical Interaction Models
A New Approach for Statistical Modelling  
Nanny Wermuth
Association Structures with Few Variables
Characteristics and Examples  
Gerhard Arminger
Specification and Estimation of Latent Variable Models
Kathryn Dean, Svend Kreiner and David V McQueen
Researching Population Health
New Directions  

`Should prove a useful resource for experienced quantitative researchers and a challenge to those seeking to strengthen the theoretical basis of empirical research' - Journal of Biosocial Science

`Kathryn Dean, the editor, heads (and reiterates) the thesis that complexity is involved in causal health processes and that this must be reflected in research on population health issues. Hence, the book focuses on alternative research that involves the collection and analysis of complex information about health issues (eg ageing, AIDS, quality of life etc.) from population groups. An exciting introduction discusses the challenges and proposes the approaches to causal modelling as the way to provide new types of knowledge in the field.... New directions for research, with emphasis on the link between theory and methods - which should be expected to be reflected in the bulk of teaching and research - are covered precisely in the last chapter. This is recommended for scientists with an alternative view of causal research, working in the interdisciplinary field of public health' - European Journal of Public Health

`A stimulating discussion of some important methodological issues... This is a book which should be in your library' - Medical Sociology News

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