The sociobiologic integrative model (SBIM)

Enhancing the integration of sociobehavioral, environmental, and biomolecular knowledge in urban health and disparities research

M Christopher Gibbons, Malcolm V Brock, Anthony J. Alberg, Thomas Glass, Thomas A. Laveist, Stephen B Baylin, David Levine, C. Earl Fox

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-211
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume84
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Disparities
  • Genetics
  • Multilevel
  • Transdisciplinary
  • Urban health

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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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 Christopher; Brock, Malcolm V; Alberg, Anthony J.; Glass, Thomas; Laveist, Thomas A.; Baylin, Stephen B; Levine, David; Fox, C. Earl.

In: Journal of Urban Health, Vol. 84, No. 2, 03.2007, p. 198-211.

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