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Pathways: Identifying and measuring causal pathways from social to health disadvantage

Pathways: Identifying and measuring causal pathways from social to health disadvantage

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The Pathways project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council 2011-2014 as a node of the National Centre for Research Methods. Pathways aims to identify pathways that link socio-demographic circumstances and biological disadvantage to adult health, and parental family and socio-economic circumstances to infant mortality, with a particular emphasis on the mediating factors that lie on these pathways.

PATHWAYS research projects include

  • pathways to and from particular fertility histories and their implications for later life health;
  • pathways to and from marital status trajectories and health in mid life;
  • pathways from parental socio-economic and demographic circumstance to birth weight of infants and infant mortality; and
  • use of genes as instrumental variables in causal analysis

The PATHWAYS training programme includes short courses on

  • Introduction to biomarkers for social scientists
  • Introduction to Genetics for social scientists
  • Causal inference approaches to studying pathways from social disadvantage to health and
  • Using MPLUS

A wide range of other courses are provided through the National Centre for Research Methods programme. These are available at low cost for UK based researchers.