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

The Effectiveness Of Involuntary Outpatient Commitment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1997

The Effectiveness Of Involuntary Outpatient Commitment awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1997

Exploratory Center Grants For Research On Health Promotion awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1996

Exploratory Center For Research On Health Promotion awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1995

Research Support Services For Gerontology Center awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1993 to 1995

Risk Factors For Psychiatric Disorders awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1993

Risk Factors For Psychiatric Disorders - Duke Eca awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1988 to 1991

Mental Health Outcomes Of The Farm Crisis And Drought awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1986 to 1990

Epidemiologic Catchment Area Duke University awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1986 to 1988

Pages

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

George, LK. "Social and Economic Factors Related to Psychiatric Disorders in Late Life." Geriatric Psychiatry. Ed. D Blazer and D Stefens. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 2009. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Religion, Spirituality, and Health: The Duke Experience." Interdisciplinary Research: Case Studies from Health and Social Science. September 1, 2008. Full Text

George, LK. "Social Support in Adulthood." Encylopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Ed. D Carr. Gale Sociology, 2008.

George, LK. "Religion and Spirituality in Later Life." Encylopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Ed. D Carr. Gale Sociology, 2008.

George, LK. "Social and Economic Factors Related to Psychiatric Disorders in Later Life." Geriatric Psychiatry. Ed. DG Blazer and D Steffens. American Psychiatric Press, 2008.

George, LK. "Conceptualizing and Measuring Trajectories." The Craft of Life Course Studies. Ed. GH Elder and JZ Giele. Guilford, 2008.

George, LK. "Respite Care." Encyclopedia of Elder Care. Springer, 2008.

George, LK. "Life Events." Encyclopedia of Elder Care. Springer, 2008.

George, LK. "Respite Care." Encyclopedia of Elder Care. NY: Springer, 2008. (Chapter)

Pages

Chen, X, Zhang, Z-X, George, LK, Wang, Z-S, Fan, Z-J, Xu, T, Zhou, X-L, Han, S-M, Wen, H-B, and Zeng, Y. "Birth measurements, family history, and environmental factors associated with later-life hypertensive status." American Journal of Hypertension 25.4 (2012): 464-471. Full Text

Blazer, DG, Cohen, HJ, George, LK, Koenig, HG, and Verhey, A. "Why John wasn't healed by prayer: perspectives across disciplines." Int J Psychiatry Med 42.4 (2011): 377-391. Full Text

Dupre, ME, and George, LK. "Exceptions to the rule: Exceptional health among the disadvantaged." Research on Aging 33.2 (2011): 115-144. Full Text

Zeng, Y, Gu, D, and George, LK. "Association of Religious Participation With Mortality Among Chinese Old Adults." Res Aging 33.1 (January 2011): 51-83. Full Text

George, LK. "Still happy after all these years: research frontiers on subjective well-being in later life." The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences 65 B.3 (May 1, 2010): 331-339. (Review)

George, LK. "Still happy after all these years: research frontiers on subjective well-being in later life." J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 65B.3 (May 2010): 331-339. (Review) Full Text

Steinhauser, KE, Alexander, SC, Byock, IR, George, LK, and Tulsky, JA. "Seriously ill patients' discussions of preparation and life completion: an intervention to assist with transition at the end of life." Palliat Support Care 7.4 (December 2009): 393-404. Full Text

Steinhauser, KE, Alexander, SC, Byock, IR, George, LK, Olsen, MK, and Tulsky, JA. "Do preparation and life completion discussions improve functioning and quality of life in seriously ill patients? Pilot randomized control trial." J Palliat Med 11.9 (November 2008): 1234-1240. Full Text

George, LK, Ruiz, D, and Sloan, FA. "The effects of total knee arthroplasty on physical functioning in the older population." Arthritis Rheum 58.10 (October 2008): 3166-3171. Full Text

George, LK, Ruiz, D, and Sloan, FA. "The effects of total hip arthroplasty on physical functioning in the older population." J Am Geriatr Soc 56.6 (June 2008): 1057-1062. Full Text

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George, LK, Harrrell, Jr., FE, and Clipp, EC. "Logistic Regression." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 35: 595-596. (Letter)

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