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William W. Eaton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.001.0001

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An Introduction to Quantitative Methods Especially Relevant for Public Mental Health

An Introduction to Quantitative Methods Especially Relevant for Public Mental Health

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(p.89) 5 An Introduction to Quantitative Methods Especially Relevant for Public Mental Health
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Public Mental Health
Author(s):

Elizabeth A. Stuart

Jeannie-Marie S. Leoutsakos

Alden L. Gross

S. Janet Kuramoto

William W. Eaton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.003.0005

This chapter provides a brief introduction to some of the epidemiologic and statistical methods for and challenges to gathering and analyzing the data that underlie the research presented in this volume and in the field of public mental health as a whole. It focuses on some of the data and methodological complexities particularly common in public mental health research. It explores three fundamental types of questions relevant to public mental health: estimating rates of disorders in a population across people, place, and time; examining risk and protective factors associated with particular disorders; and exploring interventions to prevent disorders or to treat them once they emerge.

Keywords:   epidemiologic methods, statistical methods, public health, mental health research, mental disorders, risk factors, interventions

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