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

Behavioral and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020

Social, Medical and Economic Demography of Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 1997 to 2017

Gene regulatory analysis of social integration and resilience during aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2016 to 2017

Doctoral Dissertation Research: 'We are Not Foreigners': Immigrant Status and Mental Health Among Ethnic Haitians in the awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

Behavior And Physiology In Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1999 to 2015

Demographic Analysis on Determinants of Healthy Longevity in China awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborating Investigator). 2004 to 2015

APOE, Quality of Life and Medical Costs in Late Life awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2000 to 2004

Living Arrangements and Health Status in Late Life awarded by National Institutes of Health (Sponsor). 1999 to 2003

Phase Ten Year Followup awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1997 to 2000

Study Of Depression awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1994 to 2000

Pages

George, LK, Ferraro, KF, Carr, D, Wilmoth, JM, and Wolf, DA. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences: Eighth Edition. September 8, 2015. Full Text

Binstock, RH, and George, LK. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. December 1, 2011.

Binstock, RH, and George, LK. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. January 1, 2011. Full Text

Binstock, RH, George, LK, Cutler, SJ, Hendricks, J, and Schulz, JH. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. December 1, 2006.

Binstock, RH, George, LK, Cutler, SJ, Hendricks, J, and Schulz, JH. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. January 1, 2006. Full Text

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (fifth edition). Ed. RH Binstock and LK George. San Diego: Academic Press, January 2001.

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Ed. LK George and RH Binstock. San Diego: Academic Press, 2001. (Edited Book)

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (fourth edition). Ed. RH Binstock and LK George. San Diego: Academic Press, 1996.

Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (third edition). Ed. RH Binstock and LK George. New York: Academic Press, 1990.

George, LK. Role Transitions in Later Life: A Social Stress Perspective. Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1986.

Pages

George, LK, and Ferraro, KF. "Aging and the Social Sciences: Progress and Prospects." Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences: Eighth Edition. September 8, 2015. 3-22. Full Text

George, LK. "Sociology of Aging." International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ed. JD Wright. London: Elsevier, 2015. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Health and Human Development." International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ed. JD Wright. London: Elsevier, 2015. (Chapter)

Swaminathan, MS. "Foreword." December 1, 2013. v-. Full Text

George, LK. "Age Structures, Aging, and the Life Course." Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues. Ed. J Wilmoth and KF Ferraro. NY: Springer, 2013. (Chapter)

George, LK. "Life Events." Encyclopedia of Elder Care. Ed. L Capezuti, MM Malone, and M Mezey. NY: Springer, 2013. (Chapter)

George, LK, Holzer, CE, Skinner, EA, Works, J, Timbers, DM, and Munson, ML. "Data Preparation." Epidemiologic Field Methods in Psychiatry: The NIMH Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program. December 2, 2012. 99-115. Full Text

Shapiro, S, Tischler, GL, Cottler, L, George, LK, Amirkhan, JH, Kessler, LG, and Skinner, EA. "Health Services Research Questions." Epidemiologic Field Methods in Psychiatry: The NIMH Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program. December 2, 2012. 191-208. Full Text

George, LK. "Life Course Perspectives on Mental Health." Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health. Ed. CS Aneshensel and J Phelan. San Diego: Academic Press, 2012. (Chapter)

George, LK. "The Third Age: Fact or Fiction – and Does It Matter?." Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age. Ed. DC Carr and K Komp. New York: Springer`, 2011. (Chapter)

Pages

Saltz, CC, Eisenberg, M, Fillenbaum, G, and George, LK. "Functional Status and Service Use Among Community-based Spinal Cord-injured Male Veterans12." Ed. RG Frank. NeuroRehabilitation 1.4 (April 3, 2017): 25-35. Full Text

Fu, Q, and George, LK. "Socioeconomic determinants of childhood overweight and obesity in China: the long arm of institutional power." Sociology of health & illness 37.6 (July 16, 2015): 805-822. Full Text

Liu, G, Dupre, M, George, L, and Peterson, E. "Association Between Divorce and Risks for Acute Mycocardial Infarction." Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes 8.3 (2015): 244-251.

George, LK. "Taking time seriously: a call to action in mental health research." Journal of health and social behavior 55.3 (September 2014): 251-264. Full Text

George, LK, Hu, L, and Sloan, FA. "The effects of total knee arthroplasty on physical functioning and health among the under age 65 population." Value in health : the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 17.5 (July 2014): 605-610. Full Text

Hybels, CF, George, LK, Blazer, DG, Pieper, CF, Cohen, HJ, and Koenig, HG. "Inflammation and Coagulation as Mediators in the Relationships Between Religious Attendance and Functional Limitations in Older Adults." Journal of aging and health 26.4 (June 2014): 679-697. Full Text

George, LK, Palmore, E, and Cohen, HJ. "The Duke Center for the Study of Aging: one of our earliest roots." Gerontologist 54.1 (February 2014): 59-66. Full Text

George, LK, Hu, L, and Sloan, FA. "The effects of total knee arthroplasty on physical functioning and health among the under age 65 population." Value in Health 17.5 (January 1, 2014): 605-610. Full Text

Sloan, FA, George, LK, and Hu, L. "Productivity improvements in hip and knee surgery." Arthritis 2014 (January 2014): 615784-. Full Text

Pages

Hastings, SN, George, LK, Fillenbaum, GG, Park, RS, Burchett, BM, and Schmader, KE. "Does social support predict emergency department utilization in older adults?." April 2006.

George, LK, Hays, JC, Flint, EP, and Meador, KG. "Religion and health in life course perspective." 2004.

Cottrell, WF, George, LK, Smith, RW, and Atchley, RC. Ohio’s Older People: A Report for the 1971 White House Conference on Aging. 1971.

George, LK. "Social Support: More Answers, More Questions." Mind/Body Medicine 2 (1997): 80-81. (Editorial Comment)

George, LK, and Gold, DT. "Easing Caregiver Burden: An Intervention to Overcome Barriers to Service Utilization." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1990).

George, LK, Fillenbaum, GG, and Burchett, BM. "Respite Care: A Strategy for Easing Caregiver Burden." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1988).

George, LK. "The Burden of Caregiving: How Much? What Kinds? For Whom?." Advances in Research 8 (1984).

George, LK. "The Dynamics of Caregiver Burden." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1984).

George, LK. "Coping With the Challenges of Time. Keynote Address at Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Meetings." Printed in Proceedings of 1984 Canadian Association on Gerontology Meetings (1984).

George, LK. "Caregiver Well-Being: Correlates of Burden and Relationships with Participation in Community Self-Help Groups." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1983).

George, LK, Landerman, LR, and Fillenbaum, GG. "Developing Measures of Functional Status and Service Utilization: Refining and Extending the OARS Methodology." Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (1982).

Pages