Linda K. George

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

Selected Grants

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

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

Pages

George, L. K., and K. F. Ferraro. Preface. 2016, pp. xiii–xiv. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-417235-7.00028-7. Full Text

George, L. K., et al. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences: Eighth Edition. 2015, pp. 1–531. Scopus, doi:10.1016/C2013-0-01344-8. Full Text

Binstock, R. H., and L. K. George. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. 2011.

Binstock, R. H., and L. K. George. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1016/C2009-0-01970-9. Full Text

George, L. K. As Time Goes By: Gerontological and Life Course Musings. Edited by R. A. Settersten and J. Angel, Springer, 2011.

Binstock, R. H., et al. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. 2006.

Binstock, R. H., et al. Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. 2006. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-088388-2.X5000-7. Full Text

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

George, L., et al. Retirement: Causes and Consequences. New York: Springer, 1985.

Pages

George, L. K. “Research on religion and health: Time to be born again?.” Homo Religiosus?: Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience, 2018, pp. 157–76. Scopus, doi:10.1017/9781108381536.008. Full Text

George, L. K. “Cognition and culture: Implications for understanding religion/spirituality.” New Dimensions in Spirituality, Religion, and Aging, 2018, pp. 134–58. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780429463891. Full Text

George, L. K., and K. F. Ferraro. “Aging and the Social Sciences: Progress and Prospects.” Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences: Eighth Edition, 2016, pp. 3–22. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-417235-7.00001-9. Full Text

George, L. K. “Human Development and Health.” International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition, 2015, pp. 267–70. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.14028-0. Full Text

George, L. K. “Age, Sociology of.” International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition, 2015, pp. 327–32. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.34031-4. Full Text

George, L. K. “Health and Human Development.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by J. D. Wright, Elsevier, 2015.

George, L. K. “Sociology of Aging.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by J. D. Wright, Elsevier, 2015.

Swaminathan, M. S. Foreword. 2013. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-81-322-0974-4. Full Text

George, L. K. “Age Structures, Aging, and the Life Course.” Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues, edited by J. Wilmoth and K. F. Ferraro, Springer, 2013.

George, L. K. “Life Events.” Encyclopedia of Elder Care, edited by L. Capezuti et al., Springer, 2013.

Pages

Zheng, Hui, and Linda K. George. “Does Medical Expansion Improve Population Health?.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 59, no. 1, Mar. 2018, pp. 113–32. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0022146518754534. Full Text

Horne, Alexandra J., et al. “Relating Sensory, Cognitive, and Neural Factors to Older Persons' Perceptions about Happiness: An Exploratory Study..” J Aging Res, vol. 2018, 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.1155/2018/4930385. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brasher, Melanie Sereny, et al. “Incorporating biomarkers into the study of socio-economic status and health among older adults in China..” Ssm  Population Health, vol. 3, Dec. 2017, pp. 577–85. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.07.003. Full Text Open Access Copy

Fu, Qiang, and Linda K. George. “Socioeconomic determinants of childhood overweight and obesity in China: the long arm of institutional power..” Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 37, no. 6, July 2015, pp. 805–22. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12234. Full Text

Dupre, Matthew E., et al. “Association between divorce and risks for acute myocardial infarction..” Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, vol. 8, no. 3, May 2015, pp. 244–51. Pubmed, doi:10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.114.001291. Full Text

Fu, Qiang, and Linda K. George. “Sex, Socioeconomic and Regional Disparities in Age Trajectories of Childhood BMI, Underweight and Overweight in China..” Asian Population Studies, vol. 11, no. 2, Jan. 2015, pp. 134–48. Epmc, doi:10.1080/17441730.2015.1038873. Full Text

George, Linda K. “Taking time seriously: a call to action in mental health research..” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 55, no. 3, Sept. 2014, pp. 251–64. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0022146514542434. Full Text

George, Linda K., et al. “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, vol. 17, no. 5, July 2014, pp. 605–10. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jval.2014.04.004. Full Text

Hybels, Celia F., et al. “Inflammation and Coagulation as Mediators in the Relationships Between Religious Attendance and Functional Limitations in Older Adults..” J Aging Health, vol. 26, no. 4, June 2014, pp. 679–97. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/0898264314527479. Full Text

George, Linda K., et al. “The Duke Center for the Study of Aging: one of our earliest roots..” Gerontologist, vol. 54, no. 1, Feb. 2014, pp. 59–66. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/geront/gnt049. Full Text

Pages

Hastings, S. N., et al. “Does social support predict emergency department utilization in older adults?.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 54, no. 4, BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, 2006, pp. S72–73.

George, L. K., et al. “Religion and health in life course perspective.” Religious Influences on Health and Well Being in the Elderly, edited by K. W. Schaie et al., SPRINGER PUBLISHING CO, 2004, pp. 246–82.

FILLENBAUM, G. G., et al. “COMPARISON OF THE DETERMINANTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF RETIREMENT AMONG BLACK-MALES AND WHITE MALES.” Gerontologist, vol. 23, GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY AMER, 1983, pp. 294–294.

George, L. K. “Social Support: More Answers, More Questions.” Mind/Body Medicine, vol. 2, 1997, pp. 80–81.

George, L. K., and D. T. Gold. “Easing Caregiver Burden: An Intervention to Overcome Barriers to Service Utilization.” Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, 1990.

George, L. K., et al. “Respite Care: A Strategy for Easing Caregiver Burden.” Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, 1988.

George, L. K. “The Burden of Caregiving: How Much? What Kinds? For Whom?.” Advances in Research, vol. 8, 1984.

George, L. K. “The Dynamics of Caregiver Burden.” Durham: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, 1984.

George, L. K. “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, Vancouver: University of British Columbia., 1984.

George, L. K. “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, L. K., et al. “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.

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