Psychological Medicine

Research Article

Strategies of research on economic instability and health1

Stanislav V. Kasla1 c1

a1 Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., USA.

SYNOPSIS

Recent research on unemployment and health has depended heavily on macro-social and ecological data analyses. In order to redress this imbalance, the report summarizes the methods and results of a prospective study of a permanent factory shutdown, thereby illustrating and dissecting some of the strengths and weaknesses of the micro-epidemiological level of analysis. This leads to a broader analysis of research strategy questions which consider macro and micro approaches and variations on the two.

Correspondence:

c1 Address for correspondence: Professor S. V. Kasl, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, 60 College Street, PO Box 3333, New Haven, Conn. 06510, USA.

Footnotes

1 This is a revised version of a paper presented at the Symposium on Influence of Economic Instability on Health, 9–11 September 1981, in Munich, west Germany.

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