Expanding the Boundaries of Health and Social Science: Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Innovation

Hardcover | May 14, 2003

EditorFrank Kessel, Patricia Rosenfield, Norman Anderson

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It is now widely recognized that research on human health requires more than a focus on human biology and disease entities. Lifestyles, attitudes, stress, education, income--all are now understood to contribute to the spread of disease, the effectiveness of curative therapies, and theprevention of illness, as well as to good health and an enhanced sense of well-being. However, despite such developments and the rise of interdisciplinary research, there is still considerable debate about how best to conduct research and shape policies that insightfully integrate concepts andmethods drawn from the full range of the health, social, and behavioral sciences. Moreover, scholars and researchers who wish to engage in such interdisciplinary inquiry have no texts that serve as substantive and practical guides to the most effective avenues. This volume fills this unfortunate gap by presenting a series of case studies that provide a variety of illustrative models of how best to undertake interdisciplinary research on health. All the authors have successfully carried out innovative, collaborative research programs; they give compellingaccounts of the benefits of interdisciplinary research, and the central strategies required for successfully achieving such benefits. This volume will be an invaluable resource for scholars and scientists, as well as for decision-makers in academic settings, foundations, and government agenciesseeking to develop and promote interdisciplinary programs that expand the boundaries of research dedicated to improving human health and well-being.

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It is now widely recognized that research on human health requires more than a focus on human biology and disease entities. Lifestyles, attitudes, stress, education, income--all are now understood to contribute to the spread of disease, the effectiveness of curative therapies, and theprevention of illness, as well as to good health and...

Frank Kessel is at Social Science Research Center. Patricia Rosenfield is at Carnegie Corporation.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 6.18 × 9.09 × 1.42 inPublished:May 14, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195153798

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Craig Calhoun and Cora Marrett: ForewordContributorsJohn W. Rowe: Introduction: Approaching Interdisciplinary ResearchPART I: HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: THE SOCIAL WORLD AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH AND DISEASE1. John T. Cacioppo: Domain Introduction2. Gary G. Berntson and John T. Cacioppo: A Contemporary Perspective on Multilevel Analyses and Social Neuroscience3. Kathleen C. Light, Susan S. Girdler, and Alan L. Hinderliter: Risk of Hypertensive Heart Disease: The Joint Influence of Genetic and Behavioral Factors4. Jay R. Kaplan and Stephen B. Manuck: Status, Strees, and Heart Disease: a Monkey's TalePART II: MIND MATTERS: AFFECTIVE AND COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE5. Richard J. Davidson: Domain Introduction6. Richard J. Davidson: Affective Neuroscience: a Case for Interdisciplinary Research7. S. M. Kosslyn: Visual Mental Imagery: a Case Study in Interdisciplinary Research8. Michael J. Meaney: Plasticity and Health: Social Influences on Gene Expression and Neural DevelopmentPART III: POSITIVE HEALTH: WHAT NOURISHES WHO FLOURISHES?9. Carol D. Ryff: Domain Introduction10. Carol D. Ryff and Burton Singer: Thriving in the Face of Challenge: the Integrative Science of Human Resilience11. Teresa E. Seeman: Integrating Psychosocial Factors with Biology: the Role of Protective Factors in Trajectories of Health and Aging12. Linda K. George: Religion, Spirituality, and Health: the Duke ExperiencePART IV: IN SEARCH OF METHUSELAH: POPULATION PERSPECTIVES ON HEALTH AND LONGEVITY13. Linda Waite: Domain Introduction14. Michael Marmot: Social Resources and Health15. S. Jay Olshansky and Bruce A. Carnes: A Journey through the Interdisciplinary Landscape of BiodemographyPART V: A TALE OF TWO CITIES: PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF HIV/AIDS16. Neil Schneiderman: Domain Introduction17. Neil Schneiderman and Michael Antoni: Learning to Cope with HIV/AIDS18. Margaret A. Chesney and Thomas J. Coates: The Evolution of HIV Prevention in San Francisco: a Multidisciplinary ModelPatricia L. Rosenfield and Frank Kessel: Closing Commentary: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research: the Way ForwardIndex

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"Many talk about the virtues of working across disciplines: this volume reveals how it can be accomplished."-Harvey V. Fineberg, President, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academies