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. "Embedding Control Beliefs in Social and Cultural Context." Societal Impacts on Personal Control in the Elderly. Ed. KW Schaie and S Zarit. New York: Springer, 2003.

George, LK. "The Health Impact of Religious and Spiritual Practices." Healing, Intention, and Energy Medicine. Ed. W Jonas. Edinburgh, Scotland: Elsevier Science, 2003.

George, LK. "What Life Course Perspectives Offer the Study of Aging and Health." A New Look at Old Age: An Invitation to the Life Course. Ed. RA Jr. Settersen. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing, 2003. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Life Course Research: Achievements and Potential." Handbook of the Life Course. Ed. JT Mortimer and ME Shanahan. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2003. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Life Satisfaction." Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry. Ed. J Copeland, M Abou-Satch, and DG Blazer. London: John Wiley & Son, 2002.

George, LK. "Health and Human Development." International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ed. NJ Smelser and PB Baltes. London; Elsevier, 2002.

George, LK. "Life Satisfaction." Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry. Ed. J Copeland, M Abou-Saleh, and D Blazer. London: John Wiley & Sons, 2002. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Health and Human Development." International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ed. NJ Smelser and PB Baltes. London: Elsevier, 2002. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Caring and Community-Based Voluntary Organizations." The Lost Art of Caring. Ed. LE Cluff and RH Binstock. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2001.

George, LK. "Socialization." Encyclopedia of Gerontology. Ed. GL Maddox. New York: Springer, August 2001.

Pages

Benson, H, Cohen, HJ, George, LK, Koenig, HG, McCullough, ME, Myers, DG, Post, SG, and Worthington, EL. "Position Statement Regarding Research on Religion/Spirituality and Health." Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine 8 (1999): 17-22. (Academic Article)

Koenig, HG, George, LK, Larson, DB, McCullough, ME, Branch, PS, and Kuchibhatla, M. "Depressive symptoms and nine-year survival of 1,001 male veterans hospitalized with medical illness." Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 7.2 (1999): 124-131.

Koenig, HG, Idler, E, Kasl, S, Hays, JC, George, LK, Musick, M, Larson, DB, Collins, TR, and Benson, H. "Religion, spirituality, and medicine: a rebuttal to skeptics." Int J Psychiatry Med 29.2 (1999): 123-131. Full Text

Wallsten, SM, Tweed, DL, Blazer, DG, and George, LK. "Disability and depressive symptoms in the elderly: the effects of instrumental support and its subjective appraisal." Int J Aging Hum Dev 48.2 (1999): 145-159. Full Text

Koenig, HG, Idler, E, Kasl, S, Hays, JC, George, LK, Musick, M, Larson, DB, Collins, TR, and Benson, H. "Editorial: Religion, spirituality, and medicine: A rebuttal to skeptics." International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 29.2 (1999): 123-131. Full Text

Schmader, K, George, LK, Burchett, BM, and Pieper, CF. "Racial and psychosocial risk factors for herpes zoster in the elderly." J Infect Dis 178 Suppl 1 (November 1998): S67-S70.

Koenig, HG, George, LK, Cohen, HJ, Hays, JC, Larson, DB, and Blazer, DG. "The relationship between religious activities and cigarette smoking in older adults." J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 53.6 (November 1998): M426-M434.

Krishnan, KR, George, LK, Pieper, CF, Jiang, W, Arias, R, Look, A, and O'Connor, C. "Depression and social support in elderly patients with cardiac disease." Am Heart J 136.3 (September 1998): 491-495.

George, LK. "The psychology of religion and coping." GERONTOLOGIST 38.4 (August 1998): 508-510.

Schmader, K, George, LK, Burchett, BM, Hamilton, JD, and Pieper, CF. "Race and stress in the incidence of herpes zoster in older adults." J Am Geriatr Soc 46.8 (August 1998): 973-977.

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