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

George, LK. "Social Psychology." The Concise Encyclopedia of Ageism. Ed. EB Palmore. Haworth Press, 2006.

George, LK. "Life Events." Encyclopedia of Aging. Ed. R Schulz, L Noelker, K Rockwood, and R Sprott. Springer, 2006.

George, LK. "Self-Esteem." Encyclopedia of Aging. Ed. R Schulz, L Noelker, K Rockwood, and R Sprott. Springer, 2006.

Zeng, Y, Liu, Y, and George, LK. "Female Disadvantages among the Elderly in China." Longer Life and Healthy Aging. Ed. Y Zeng, EM Crimmins, Y Carriere, and JM Robine. Springer, 2006.

George, LK. "Sociology of Aging." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ed. G Ritzer. Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

George, LK. "Aging, Mental Health, and Well-Being." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ed. G Ritzer. Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

George, LK. "Social Psychology." The Concise Encyclopedia of Ageism. Ed. EB Palmore. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Stress and Coping." The Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing. Ed. M Johnson. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Life Events." Encyclopedia of Aging. Ed. R Shulz, L Noelker, K Rockwood, and R Sprott. NY: Springer, 2006. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Perceived Quality of Life." Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Ed. RH Binstock and LK George. San Diego: Academic Press, 2006. (Chapter)

Pages

Benjamins, MR, Musick, MA, Gold, DT, and George, LK. "Age-related declines in activity level: the relationship between chronic illness and religious activities." J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 58.6 (November 2003): S377-S385.

George, LK, and Lynch, SM. "Race differences in depressive symptoms: a dynamic perspective on stress exposure and vulnerability." Journal of health and social behavior 44.3 (September 2003): 353-369.

Hoenig, H, Landerman, LR, Shipp, KM, and George, L. "Activity restriction among wheelchair users." J Am Geriatr Soc 51.9 (September 2003): 1244-1251.

Idler, EL, Musick, MA, Ellison, CG, George, LK, Krause, N, Ory, MG, Pargament, KI, Powell, LH, Underwood, LG, and Williams, DR. "Measuring multiple dimensions of religion and spirituality or health research - Conceptual background and findings from the 1998 General Social Survey." RESEARCH ON AGING 25.4 (July 2003): 327-365. Full Text

Yi, Z, Yuzhi, L, and George, LK. "Gender differentials of the oldest old in China." Research on Aging 25.1 (2003): 65-80. Full Text

Zeng, Y, Liu, Y, and George, LK. "Gender Differentials in Socioeconomic and Health Characteristics among the Oldest-Old in China: Serious Female Disadvantages." Research on Aging 25 (2003): 65-80. (Academic Article)

Koenig, HG, George, LK, Titus, P, and Meador, KG. "Religion, Spirituality, and Health Service Use by Older Hospitalized Patients." Journal of Religion and Health 42.4 (2003): 301-314. Full Text

Bosworth, HB, McQuoid, DB, George, LK, and Steffens, DC. "Time-to-Remission from Geriatric Depression." American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 10 (November 2002): 551-559. (Academic Article)

George, LK. "Research design in end-of-life research: state of science." Gerontologist 42 Spec No 3 (October 2002): 86-98. (Review)

Bosworth, HB, McQuoid, DR, George, LK, and Steffens, DC. "Time-to-remission from geriatric depression: psychosocial and clinical factors." Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 10.5 (September 2002): 551-559.

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