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The Sociobiologic Integrative Model (SBIM): Enhancing the Integration of Sociobehavioral, Environmental, and Biomolecular Knowledge in Urban Health and Disparities Research

Gibbons, M. Chris and Brock, Malcolm and Alberg, Anthony J. and Glass, Thomas and LaVeist, Thomas A. and Baylin, Stephen and Levine, David and Fox, C. Earl (2007) The Sociobiologic Integrative Model (SBIM): Enhancing the Integration of Sociobehavioral, Environmental, and Biomolecular Knowledge in Urban Health and Disparities Research. Journal of Urban Health, 84 (2). pp. 198-211.

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Abstract

Disentangling the myriad determinants of disease, within the context of urban health or health disparities, requires a transdisciplinary approach. Transdisciplinary approaches draw on concepts from multiple scientific disciplines to develop a novel, integrated perspective from which to conduct scientific investigation. Most historic and contemporary conceptual models of health were derived either from the sociobehavioral sciences or the biomolecular sciences. Those models deriving from the sociobehavioral sciences generally lack detail on involved biological mechanisms whereas those derived from the biomolecular sciences largely do not consider socioenvironmental determinants. As such, advances in transdisciplinary characterizations of health in complex systems like the urban environment or health disparities may be impeded. This paper suggests a sociobiologic organizing model that encourages a multilevel, integrative perspective in the study of urban health and health disparities.


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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban health; Transdisciplinary; Multilevel; Disparities; Behavior; Genetics
Subjects: Health
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
Research > Genetics and Race
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Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 15 May 2011 16:27
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/904

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