Cells and Surveys: Should Biological Measures Be Included in Social Science Research?

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What can social science, and demography in particular, reasonably expect to learn from biological information? There is increasing pressure for multipurpose household surveys to collect biological data along with the more familiar interviewer-respondent information. Given that recent technical developments have made it more feasible to collect biological information in non-clinical settings, those who fund, design, and analyze survey data need to think through the rationale and potential consequences. This is a ...
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Overview

What can social science, and demography in particular, reasonably expect to learn from biological information? There is increasing pressure for multipurpose household surveys to collect biological data along with the more familiar interviewer-respondent information. Given that recent technical developments have made it more feasible to collect biological information in non-clinical settings, those who fund, design, and analyze survey data need to think through the rationale and potential consequences. This is a concern that transcends national boundaries. Cells and Surveys addresses issues such as which biologic/genetic data should be collected in order to be most useful to a range of social scientists and whether amassing biological data has unintended side effects. The book also takes a look at the various ethical and legal concerns that such data collection entails.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780309071994
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2001
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Collecting Biological Indicators in Household Surveys 1
The Use of Bioindicators in Demographic and Social Research
2 Integrating Biology into Demographic Research on Health and Aging (With a Focus on the MacArthur Study of Successful Aging) 9
3 Biological Material in Household Surveys: The Interface Between Epidemiology and Genetics 42
The Potential for Using Genetic Information in Demography
4 Demography in the Age of Genomics: A First Look at the Prospects 64
5 The Value of Sibling and Other "Relational" Data for Biodemography and Genetic Epidemilogy 110
Research on Aging Human Subjects
6 Opportunities for Population-Based Research on Aging Human Subjects: Pathology and Genetics 133
7 Indicators of Function in the Geriatric Population 159
The Relevance of Animal Models and Studies for Human Populations
8 Biomarkers and Genetics of Aging in Mice 180
9 Relevance of Animal Models for Human Populations 213
Value-Added Survey Research
10 Applying Genetic Study Designs to Social and Behavioral Population Surveys 229
11 Stretching Social Surveys to Include Bioindicators: Possibilities for the Health and Retirement Study, Experience from the Taiwan Study of the Elderly 250
Consent, Privacy, and Group Harm Considerations
12 Informed Consent for the Collection of Biological Samples in Household Surveys 276
13 Ethical and Social Issues in Incorporating Genetic Research into Survey Studies 303
Reflection
14 Biosocial Opportunities for Surveys 329
Suggested Readings 337
Glossary 339
Index 349
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