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Overview

Social epidemiology is the study of how the social world influences — and in many cases defines — the fundamental determinants of health. This link was substantiated in the first edition of Social Epidemiology, and the generation of research that followed has fundamentally changed the way we understand epidemiology and public health.

This much-awaited second edition elevates the field again, first by codifying the last decade of research, then by extending it to examine how public policies impact health. The new edition includes:

· 11 fully updated chapters, including entries on the links between health and discrimination, income inequality, social networks, and emotion
· Four all-new chapters on the role of policies in shaping health, including how to translate evidence into action with multi-level interventions
· Updated references, detailing the best research over the last two decades

The result is a bold, brilliant text that will serve the new world of epidemiology in which scientists both observe health and design interventions to improve it. Social Epidemiology again sets an intellectual agenda and provides an essential foundation for those interested in social determinants of health around the world.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Howard M. Kravitz, DO, MPH (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This edited, multiauthored book on social epidemiology is the first of its kind in which the major social factors that influence health outcomes are dealt with systematically. The reader is introduced to the major social forces and concepts that undoubtedly play a role in maintaining health and preventing disease. Collectively, the contributors examine the social context in which behavioral risk factors occur, and identify and describe a range of social conditions that may influence a broad range of health outcomes.
Purpose: The editors have attempted to define, in chapters written by internationally renowned social epidemiologists, this newly recognized area of epidemiology. The main objective is to provide the reader with a guide to the major social conditions of importance and to new approaches in statistics, physiology, public policy, and social psychology; this endeavor has been largely successful.
Audience: The audience is identified broadly, ranging from graduate student (I would include medical and nursing students) to active investigator. It should appeal to a wide range of prospective readers. Psychiatrists, practitioners in primary care, psychologists, policy analysts and others in public health, in addition to epidemiologists and medical sociologists, should find something of interest in this up-to-date text.
Features: The book is divided into five parts: socioeconomic inequities and the impact of discrimination on health; the work environment and labor market's relationship to health status; the role of community and social relations in health; psychological factors associated with health outcomes; and a potpourri of multidisciplinary issues pertinent to social epidemiology. Useful tables and figures complement the text, the references are recent, and the diversity of content minimizes overlap between chapters.
Assessment: As an academic psychiatrist-epidemiologist, I have long recognized the importance of psychosocial factors in the onset and course of psychiatric illness and in the response to therapeutic interventions. With medicine becoming more population-based and less individual-oriented, future practitioners must be schooled in the social conditions and behavioral risk factors relevant to disease and its prevention. In providing a resource that explicates the social determinants of illness and helps the reader to understand the impact of social organization and structure on health and access to healthcare, the editors make this book a valuable contribution to the literature on psychosocial epidemiology. The listed price is a little high but competitive in today's book market.
Howard M. Kravitz
This edited, multiauthored book on social epidemiology is the first of its kind in which the major social factors that influence health outcomes are dealt with systematically. The reader is introduced to the major social forces and concepts that undoubtedly play a role in maintaining health and preventing disease. Collectively, the contributors examine the social context in which behavioral risk factors occur, and identify and describe a range of social conditions that may influence a broad range of health outcomes. "The editors have attempted to define, in chapters written by internationally renowned social epidemiologists, this newly recognized area of epidemiology. The main objective is to provide the reader with a guide to the major social conditions of importance and to new approaches in statistics, physiology, public policy, and social psychology; this endeavor has been largely successful. "The audience is identified broadly, ranging from graduate student (I would include medical and nursing students) to active investigator. It should appeal to a wide range of prospective readers. Psychiatrists, practitioners in primary care, psychologists, policy analysts and others in public health, in addition to epidemiologists and medical sociologists, should find something of interest in this up-to-date text. "The book is divided into five parts: socioeconomic inequities and the impact of discrimination on health; the work environment and labor market's relationship to health status; the role of community and social relations in health; psychological factors associated with health outcomes; and a potpourri of multidisciplinary issues pertinent to social epidemiology. Useful tables andfigures complement the text, the references are recent, and the diversity of content minimizes overlap between chapters. "As an academic psychiatrist-epidemiologist, I have long recognized the importance of psychosocial factors in the onset and course of psychiatric illness and in the response to therapeutic interventions. With medicine becoming more population-based and less individual-oriented, future practitioners must be schooled in the social conditions and behavioral risk factors relevant to disease and its prevention. In providing a resource that explicates the social determinants of illness and helps the reader to understand the impact of social organization and structure on health and access to healthcare, the editors make this book a valuable contribution to the literature on psychosocial epidemiology. The listed price is a little high but competitive in today's book market.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083316
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/9/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa F. Berkman, PhD, is the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is the Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, is Professor of Social Epidemiology and Chair of the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he has taught for over 20 years.

M. Maria Glymour, ScD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, where she directs the PhD program in Epidemiology and Translational Sciences.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
1 A Historical Framework for Social Epidemiology 3
2 Socioeconomic Position 13
3 Discrimination and Health 36
4 Income Inequality and Health 76
5 Working Conditions and Health 95
6 The Impact of Job Loss and Retirement on Health 118
7 Social Integration, Social Networks, Social Support, and Health 137
8 Social Cohesion, Social Capital, and Health 174
9 Depression and Medical Illness 191
10 Affective States and Health 213
11 Health Behaviors in a Social Context 242
12 Psychosocial Intervention 267
13 Toward a New Social Biology 306
14 Ecological Approaches: Rediscovering the Role of the Physical and Social Environment 332
15 Multilevel Approaches to Understanding Social Determinants 349
16 Health and Social Policy 368
Index 383
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