10am-12pm SOC202H1S AH100
Tuesday 17, 2012
Professor Scott Schieman
First 3 chapters
- Histograms not done by hand.
- All computer done
First 3 classes just to get class engaged and interested.
Sociology of mental health will be used to bring interest
Samples: age of anxiety said in the New York Times. This will be investigated using current stats.
- Summarizing data to bring a narrative, a story.
- Quantitative and qualitative split in academics
- But in reality both compliment each other
- Stats are concept driven such as mental health, consumerism.
- We apply hard stats to non-concrete concepts.
Looking at patterns through associations. Anxiety is most frequent disorder.
- Frequency of symptoms.
- Sub level symptoms, not enough to be diagnosed
How to operationalize anxiety?
- Through association.
- What happens when people have anxiety?
- Example: sleeping trouble, eating less, physiologically
- It is difficult to operationalize anxiety with symptoms because the symptoms are correlated with
other disorders such as depression. It is hard to operationalize anxiety without operationalizing
depression at the same time.
How to sharpen each category
- Example: the category of (all) in “In the past month, how often have you felt anxious or tense:
None of the time, a little, some, most, or all the time?
- All category can be asked in more detail.
Population vs. sample
Use sample to collect data and estimate
Attrition: losing people over time. If you do follow-up interviews, people are going to drop out.
Long-term sample studies.
Population and sample