An Introduction to Quantitative Methods Especially Relevant for Public Mental Health

Elizabeth A. Stuart, Jeannie Marie S. Leoutsakos, Alden L. Gross, S. Janet Kuramoto, William W. Eaton

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPublic Mental Health
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199950416
ISBN (Print)9780195390445
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012


  • Epidemiologic methods
  • Interventions
  • Mental disorders
  • Mental health research
  • Public health
  • Risk factors
  • Statistical methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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