Since social scientists rarely have access to experimental data, they rely heavily upon observational studies.
As a consequence, their attempts to make causal inferences about the effects of social factors-such as occupation or marital status-on health are plagued by potential selection problems.
Some researchers have addressed this selection-causation problem on the basis of the presence or absence of a particular aggregate pattern of health status.
The rationale underlying this approach derives from the investigators'hypotheses that the presence of selection would lead to a particular type of pattern that is distinct from the pattern that would result in the absence of selection.
Although intuitively appealing, this strategy appears to be seriously flawed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Epidémiologie, Statut socioéconomique, Statut conjugal, Homme, Méthode statistique, Sélection, Méthodologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Epidemiology, Socioeconomic status, Marital status, Human, Statistical method, Selection, Methodology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0592077
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 09/06/1995.