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Causal Explanation Outside the Black Box

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.003.36

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Series

Causal Explanation Outside the Black Box

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This chapter discusses approaches that could be used to answer questions that often fall outside the range of risk factor studies. Some of these approaches are accommodated by extension of the scope of risk factor designs. Others are still embryonic, and their full development is a central challenge for epidemiology and, specifically, psychiatric epidemiology in the current era. It focuses on the three domains corresponding to the questions asked in this chapter: differences in disease rates across populations, the context of the life course, and the rise and fall of disease rates over time.

Keywords: risk factor studies; disease rates; causation; epidemiology; life course

Chapter.  9987 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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