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Psychiatric Epidemiology

Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia and Evelyn Bromet

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195101812
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864096 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.001.0001

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Series

Psychiatric Epidemiology

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Searching for the causes of mental disorders is as exciting as it is complex. The relationship between pathophysiology and its overt manifestations is exceedingly intricate, and often the causes of a disorder are elusive at best. This book provides a resource for anyone trying to track these causes. Uniting theory and practice and rather than attempting to review the descriptive epidemiology of mental disorders, this book gives a dynamic exposition of the thinking and techniques used to establish it. The book starts out by tracing the brief history of psychiatric epidemiology, then describes the study of risk factors as causes of mental disorders. Subsequent sections discuss approaches to investigation of biologic, genetic, or social causes and the statistical analysis of study results. The book concludes by following some of the problems involved in the search for genetic causes of mental disorders, and more complex casual relationships.

Keywords: mental disorders; pathophysiology; overt manifestations; risk factors; statistical analysis; casual relationships

Book.  538 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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What Is a Cause? in Psychiatric Epidemiology

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Detecting Causes in Psychiatric Epidemiology

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Study Designs in Psychiatric Epidemiology

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