Causal Explanation within a Risk Factor Framework

Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia and Evelyn J. Bromet

in Psychiatric Epidemiology

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195101812
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864096 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Series

Causal Explanation within a Risk Factor Framework

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This chapter focuses on construct validity and external validity. Causal explanation enhances research endeavors both by increasing researchers' confidence in the causal effect of their risk factors and by delineating the extent to which the results of their study applies to other populations. Within the risk factor paradigm, construct validity and external validity form the basis of causal explanation.

Keywords: construct validity; extenal validity; exposure; disease; causal explanation; risk factor

Chapter.  8663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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