Week 4

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4. (9/26) Categories

Idea: Collecting and analyzing data requires categories: Have we omitted relevant categories or mixed different phenomena under one label? What basis do we have for subdividing a continuum into categories? How do we ensure correct diagnosis and assignment to categories? What meaning do we intend to give to data collected in our categories?

Cases: Comparative methods for studying socioeconomic position and health in different ethnic communities; Marriage and divorce by class in the USA; Brown vs. Dohrenwend on Life events and difficulties (surveys vs. intensive interviews)

Readings: Davey-Smith et al. 2000, Hymowitz 2007; Birley and Goldberg 2000, Dohrenwend 1993.


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