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. "The Social Psychology of Health." Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Ed. RH Binstock and LK George. San Diego: Academic Press, January 2001.

George, LK. ". The Social Psychology of Health." Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Ed. RH Binstock and LK George. San Diego: Academic Press, 2001. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Life Events." Encyclopedia of Gerontology. Ed. GL Maddox. New York: Springer, 2001. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Self-esteem." Encyclopedia of Gerontology. Ed. GL Maddox. New York: Springer, 2001. (Chapter)

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

George, LK. "Well-Being and Sense of Self: What We Know and What We Need to Know." Societal Impact of the Aging Self. Ed. KW Schaie and J Hendricks. New York: Springer, October 2000.

George, LK. "Aging and the Life Course." Encyclopedia of Sociology. New York: Macmillan, July 2000.

George, LK. "Well-Being and Sense of Self: What We Know and What We Need to Know." Societal Impact on the Aging Self. Ed. KW Shaie and J Hendricks. New York: Springer, 2000. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Aging and the Life Course." Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ed. EF Borgatta and ML Borgatta. New York: Macmillan, 2000. (Chapter)

Pages

Jackson, PB, and George, LK. "Racial differences in satisfaction with physicians." Research on Aging 20.3 (May 1, 1998): 298-316. Full Text

Jackson, PB, and George, LK. "Racial differences in satisfaction with physicians - A study of older adults." RESEARCH ON AGING 20.3 (May 1998): 298-316. Full Text

Koenig, HG, George, LK, and Peterson, BL. "Religiosity and remission of depression in medically ill older patients." Am J Psychiatry 155.4 (April 1998): 536-542. Full Text

Swartz, MS, Wagner, HR, Swanson, JW, Burns, BJ, George, LK, and Padgett, DK. "Administrative update: utilization of services. I. Comparing use of public and private mental health services: the enduring barriers of race and age." Community Ment Health J 34.2 (April 1998): 133-144.

George, LK, Hays, JC, Landerman, LR, E P, K, and Blazer, DG. "Social Correlates of the Dimensions of Late Life Depression." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 53B (February 1998): P31-P39.

George, LK. "(review essay titled:) Religion and Aging Comes of Age." The Gerontologist 38 (1998): 508-510. (Review)

Koenig, HG, Larson, DB, Hays, JC, McCullough, ME, George, LK, Branch, PS, Meador, KG, and Kuchibhatla, M. "Religion and Survival of 1010 Male Veterans Hospitalized with Medical Illness." Journal of Religion and Health 37 (1998): 15-29. (Academic Article)

Koenig, HG, George, LK, Cohen, HC, Hays, JC, Blazer, DG, and Larson, DB. "The Relationship Between Religious Activities and Cigarette Smoking in Older Adults." Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 53A (1998): M418-M423. (Academic Article)

Swartz, MS, Wagner, HR, Swanson, JW, Burns, BJ, George, LK, and Padgett, DK. "Comparing Use of Public and Private Mental Health Services: The Enduring Barriers of Race and Age." Community Mental Health Journal 34 (1998): 133-143. (Academic Article)

George, LK. "Dignity and Quality of Life in Old Age." Journal of Gerontological Social Work 29 (1998): 39-52. (Academic Article)

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