Linda K. George

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
(919) 660-5605


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

George, LK, Young, WB, and Foy, SG. "Stress Outcomes (In preparation)." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Ed. WC Cockerham, R Dingwall, and S Quah. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Aging, Mental Health, and Well-Being (In preparation)." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ed. G Ritzer. Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Sociology of Aging (In preparation)." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ed. G Ritzer. Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell. (Chapter)

George, LK, and Elder, GH. "Age, Cohorts, and the Life Course (In preparation)." Handbook of the Life Course. Ed. M Shanahan, J Mortimer, and MK Johnson. NY: Springer. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Religion and Gerontology (In preparation)." Religion and the Social Sciences: Basic and Applied Perspectives. Ed. J Levin. NY: Springer. (Chapter)


George, LK, Winfield, I, and Blazer, DG. "Sociocultural Factors in Sexual Assault: Comparison of Two Representative Samples of Women." Journal of Social Issues 48.1 (April 1992): 105-125. Full Text

Blazer, D, Hughes, DC, and George, LK. "Age and impaired subjective support. Predictors of depressive symptoms at one-year follow-up." J Nerv Ment Dis 180.3 (March 1992): 172-178.

Clipp, EC, and George, LK. "Patients with cancer and their spouse caregivers. Perceptions of the illness experience." Cancer 69.4 (February 15, 1992): 1074-1079.

George, LK, Hanlon, JT, Fillenbaum, GG, Burchett, B, Wall, Jr., WE, Service, C, and Blazer, DG. "Drug Use Patterns in Black and Non-black Community Dwelling Elderly." The Annals of Pharmacotherapy 26 (1992): 679-685.

Blazer, D, Burchett, B, Service, C, and George, LK. "The association of age and depression among the elderly: an epidemiologic exploration." J Gerontol 46.6 (November 1991): M210-M215.

Blumenthal, JA, Emery, CF, Madden, DJ, Schniebolk, S, Walsh-Riddle, M, George, LK, McKee, DC, Higginbotham, MB, Cobb, FR, and Coleman, RE. "Long-term effects of exercise on psychological functioning in older men and women." J Gerontol 46.6 (November 1991): P352-P361.

Landerman, R, George, LK, and Blazer, DG. "Adult vulnerability for psychiatric disorders: interactive effects of negative childhood experiences and recent stress." J Nerv Ment Dis 179.11 (November 1991): 656-663.


Davidson, JR, Hughes, D, Blazer, DG, and George, LK. "Post-traumatic stress disorder in the community: an epidemiological study." Psychol Med 21.3 (August 1991): 713-721.

George, LK, and Clipp, EC. "Subjective Components of Aging Well." Generations 15 (June 1991): 57-60. (Academic Article)