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Health Disparities

depressionIndividual health is not merely a hereditary attribute; it is also a social attribute. Social conditions such as socioeconomic status, social support, neighborhood contexts, and the access to health care are critical social causes of health disparities. People who command those resources are able to avoid risk factors for psychological and physical illness. Because the goal of the CSSJ intends to inform policy makers about what is fair and beneficial for people, the division of health disparities focuses upon, but not limited to, what are the fundamental social causes of health disparity, which social groups are more exposed to health risk factors, and what social factors resulted in unfair distribution of social resources for health promotion.

Representative Publications

  • Horne, C., Chen, Chien-fei, Berg, J., &  Evermann-Druffel, K. (2009). Metanorm expectations: Determining what to sanction. Advances in Group Processes, 26, 199-223.
  • Pinkleton, B., Reagan, J., Aaronson, D., & Chen, Chien-fei. (1997). The role of individual motivations in information source use and knowledge concerning divergent topics.  Communication Research Reports, 14, 291-301.
  • Reagan, J., Pinkleton, B., Chen, Chien-fei, & Aaronson, D. (1995). How technologies relate to the “Repertoire” of information sources. Telematics & Informatics, 12, 21-27.
  • Rogge, M.E., Davis, K.L., Maddox, D.N, & Jackson, M. (in press). Leveraging environmental, social, and economic justice at Chattanooga Creek: A participatory research case study. Journal of Community Practice.
  • Rogge, M.E. (2003). The future is now: Social work, disaster management, and traumatic stress in the 21st century. Journal of Social Services Research, 1-6.
  • Rogge, M.E., & Rocha, C.M. (2004). Community Partnership Centers: An Important Link for Social Work Education. Journal of Community Practice, 12(3/4).


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