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Psychiatric EpidemiologySearching for the Causes of Mental Disorders$
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Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia, and Evelyn Bromet

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.001.0001

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Causal Explanation Outside the Black Box

Causal Explanation Outside the Black Box

Chapter:
(p.441) 36 Causal Explanation Outside the Black Box
Source:
Psychiatric Epidemiology
Author(s):

Ezra Susser (Contributor Webpage)

Sharon Schwartz

Alfredo Morabia

Evelyn J. Bromet

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.003.36

This chapter discusses approaches that could be used to answer questions that often fall outside the range of risk factor studies. Some of these approaches are accommodated by extension of the scope of risk factor designs. Others are still embryonic, and their full development is a central challenge for epidemiology and, specifically, psychiatric epidemiology in the current era. It focuses on the three domains corresponding to the questions asked in this chapter: differences in disease rates across populations, the context of the life course, and the rise and fall of disease rates over time.

Keywords:   risk factor studies, disease rates, causation, epidemiology, life course

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