Linda K. George

Arts and Sciences Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
253 Soc-psych, 1511 Duke Clinics, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
Phone: 
(919) 660-5605

Overview

My research falls into three broad areas: (1) social factors and the onset, course, and outcome of mental and physical illness, (2) social factors and aging, and (3) the organization and delivery of health services. I am working on funded research projects in all three areas. I have been the principal and co-principal investigator of two major epidemiologic studies. The first examines social factors and mental illness throughout adulthood. The second focuses on social factors related to both physical and mental health among older adults. I also am director of the one core of the Clinical Research Center for the study of depression in later life, funded by NIMH. The focus of my CRC project is the effects of social factors on the course of outcome of geriatric depression. In all of these studies, tje social factors examined include age, gender, race, urban vs rural residence, socioeconomic status, social stress, and social relationships. The major health services project in which I am involved is a randomized trial of outpatient commitment. This study is evaluating the extent to which outpatient commitment can increase the odds that the chronically mentally ill will be able to live in the community rather than being subjected to frequent involuntary commitments to state mental hospitals. The importance of this project is its potential to demonstrate that outpatient commitment is a less coercive and less expensive form of treatment for the chronically mentally that also improves their quality of life.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1975

  • M.A., Miami University, Ohio 1972

  • B.A., Miami University, Ohio 1969

Phse Ten Year Follow-Up awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1999

Phse Ten-Year Follow Up awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1999

Crc/Pe For The Study Of Depression awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1984 to 1999

Geratric Depression: Risk Factors For Adverse Outcome awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1999

Geriatric Depression: Risk Factors For Adverse Outcome awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1999

(97-0814) Compensatory Grandparenting: Raising Another Generation awarded by National Institute on Aging (Principal Investigator). 1997 to 1998

Depression In Elderly Cardiac Patients awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1998

Depression In Elderly Cardiac Patients awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1994 to 1998

Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1997

Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1997

Pages

George, L, Palmore, E, Burchett, B, Fillenbaum, GG, and Wallman, L. Retirement: Causes and Consequences. New York: Springer, 1985.

Busse, EW, Maddox, GL, Buckley, III, Burger, PC, George, LK, and et al, . The Duke Longitudinal Studies of Normal Aging, 1955-1980. 1985.

George, LK, and Bearon, LB. Quality of Life in Older Persons: Meaning and Measurement. New York: Human Sciences Press, 1980.

Houpt, JL, Orleans, CS, George, LK, and Brodie, HKH. The Importance of Mental Health Services for General Health Care. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Ballinger Press, 1979.

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (In preparation). Ed. LK George and KF Ferraro. San Diego: Academic Press. (Edited Book)

Pages

George, LK. "The Third Age: Fact or Fiction – and Does It Matter?." Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age. Ed. DC Carr and K Komp. New York: Springer`, 2011. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Sociology of Aging." Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ed. G Ritzer and JM Ryan. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing, 2011. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Social Factors, Depression, and Aging." Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Ed. RH Binstock and LK George. San Diego: Academic Press/Elsevier, 2011. (Chapter)

George, LK. "As Time Goes By: Gerontological and Life Course Musings." Handbook of the Sociology of Aging and the Life Course. Ed. RA Sattersten and J Angel. NY: Springer, 2011. (Chapter)

Zeng, Y, and George, LK. "Population ageing and old-age insurance in China." The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology. January 1, 2010. 420-429. Full Text

George, LK, and Zeng, Y. "Population Ageing and Old Age Insurance in China." The Sage Handbook of Social Gerontology. Ed. D Dannefer` and C Phillipson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing, 2010. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Social Factors, Mental Health, and Aging." Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (7th edition). Ed. RH Binstock and LK George. Academic Press, 2009.

George, LK. "Conceptualizing and Measuring Trajectories." The Craft of Life Course Research. Ed. J Elder and JZ Giele. Guilford Press, 2009.

George, LK. "Matilda White Riley." Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Ed. D Carr. Gale Publishing, 2009.

George, LK. "Religion and Spirituality in Later Life." Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Ed. D Carr. Gale Publishing, 2009.

Pages

George, LK, Kinghorn, WA, Koenig, HG, Gammon, P, and Blazer, DG. "Why gerontologists should care about empirical research on religion and health: transdisciplinary perspectives." Gerontologist 53.6 (December 2013): 898-906. (Review) Full Text

Sloan, FA, George, LK, and Hu, L. "Longer term effects of total knee arthroplasty from a national longitudinal study." J Aging Health 25.6 (September 2013): 982-997. Full Text

Palmore, EB. "Handbook of Sociology of Aging." GERONTOLOGIST 53.4 (August 2013): 703-705. Full Text

Sloan, FA, George, LK, and Hu, L. "Emergency room and inpatient use after cardiac pacemaker implantation." Am J Cardiol 111.4 (February 15, 2013): 563-568. Full Text

George, LK. "Matching Corporate Interests with Older Adults’ Needs: A Case Study." Public Policy & Aging Report 23 (2013): 23-26.

George, LK. "Understanding Well-being in the Oldest Old." GERONTOLOGIST 52.6 (December 2012): 871-875. Full Text

Hybels, CF, Blazer, DG, George, LK, and Koenig, HG. "The complex association between religious activities and functional limitations in older adults." Gerontologist 52.5 (October 2012): 676-685. Full Text

Sautter, JM, Thomas, PA, Dupre, ME, and George, LK. "Socioeconomic status and the Black-White mortality crossover." Am J Public Health 102.8 (August 2012): 1566-1571. Full Text

Liu, G, Dupre, M, George, L, and Peterson, E. "The Cumulative Impact of Unemployment on Risks of Acute Myocardial Infarction." Archives of Internal Medicine (2012).

Pages

George, LK. "The Effects of Marital Status and Social Support on Service Utilization in Later Life." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1981).

George, LK, and Siegler, IC. "Coping with Stress and Challenge in Later Life." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1981).

George, LK, Landerman, R, and Halbur, B. "Quality of Care in Nursing Homes: Attitudinal and Environmental Factors." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1979).

George, LK, and Landerman, R. "The Meaning and Measurement of Attitudes Toward Aging." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1978).

George, LK, Wallman, L, and Landerman, R. "User’s Guide to the LRHS Data Set: 1969 and 1971." (Technical Report). Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, 1977 (1977).

George, LK, and Bearon, LB. "The Well-Being of Older People." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, (1977).

George, LK. "A Comparison of Canonical Correlation and Multiple Regression in the Analysis of Change." Proceedings of the 1975 Joint Statistical Association (1975).

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