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A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders$
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Karestan C. Koenen, Sasha Rudenstine, Ezra Susser, and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657018.001.0001

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Analytic considerations in a life course perspective

Analytic considerations in a life course perspective

(p.35) Chapter 4 Analytic considerations in a life course perspective
A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders

Leah Li

Oxford University Press

Using a life course approach to study mental health presents methodological challenges due to the complexity of life course hypotheses and longitudinal data. Measures of mental well-being are age appropriate, and thus differ in childhood and adulthood. They often have a skewed distribution and many cluster at specific values. A number of analytic issues in life course study of mental health are discussed and an overview provided of some recently developed statistical methods which may be useful for these types of data in life course study.

Keywords:   life course hypotheses, longitudinal study, mental health measures, trajectories, statistical models

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