American Sociological Association

Journal of Health and Social Behavior Policy Briefs


March: Agency and Change in Healthcare Organizations: Workers’ Attempts to Navigate Multiple Logics in Hospice Care

June: Political Institutions and the Comparative Medicalization of Abortion



March: On the Week Mortality Returns of the Prison Boom: Comparing Infant Mortality and Homicide in the Incarceration Ledger

June: Transforming Patient Compliance Research in an Era of Biomedicalization

September: Social Networks and Health in a Prison Unit

December: Like a Fish out of Water: Managing Chronic Pain in the Urban Safety Net



March: Beyond Health Effects? Examining the Social Consequences of Community Levels of Insurance Pre-ACA

June: The Institutional Foundations of Medicalization: A Cross-National Analysis of Mental Health and Unemployment

September: The Institutional Foundations of Medicalization: A Cross-National Analysis of Mental Health and Unemployment

December: Depression, Work and Family Roles, and the Gendered Life Course



March: Does Divorce Affect the Probability of a Work Disability among U.S. Women?

June: How Do Mental Health Professionals Use the DSM in Their Research, Clinical, and Institutional Work?

September: Does Sex Affect Cardiovascular Risk for Older Men and Older Women?

December: The Stratified Legitimacy of Abortions  



March: Do Parental Nativity and Legal Status Influence the Mental Health of Mexican-Origin Children?

June: The Psychological Price of High Pressure on the Job: When Does Buffering Work?

September: Does Medical Treatment of Children’s Behavioral Problems Lower Foster Care Rates?

December: Does Immigration Legal Status Shape Access to Healthcare in Both the U.S. and in Countries of Origin?



March: Why Do Hospitals Comply with Federal Regulation and What Does it Mean for Variation in the U.S. Health Care System?

June: Do Adolescents Exert as Much Social Influence on Their Friends to Quit Smoking as They Do to Start?

September: Do Unemployed Women Give Birth to Infants with Higher Rates of Infant Mortality and Low Birthweight?

December: Does Internal Migration Impact Mental Health Differently for Sexual Minorities and Heterosexuals?



March: Are Same-Sex Cohabitors Less Healthy than People in Other Union Statuses?

June: Why Have Educational Disparities in Mortality Increased among White Women in the United States?

September: Does Nonmarital Childbearing and Mother’s Later Marriage Influence Child Health in Adolescence?

December: Why Does Naturalization Matter for the Health of Older Immigrants in the United States?



March: Do the Psychological Effects of Stigma Linger After Obese Adolescents Transition to Normal Weight?

June: How Do Drinking, Emotional Health, and Academic Success of Teens Influence Each Other in Different Kinds of Schools?

September: Why are Economically Disadvantaged Americans Less Likely than Wealthier Persons to Make Preparations for Their End-of-Life Health Care?

December: How Do Women's Work Pathways Following Motherhood Influence Their Health at Middle Age?



March: How Does the Classroom Learning Environment Affect Children's Mental Health?

June: Are Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Racial/Ethnic Segregation Associated with Cognitive Functioning in Late Middle Age?

September: How Does Health in Childhood Impact Labor Market Earnings Over the Life Course?

December: Changing Work, Changing Health: Can Real Work-Time Flexibility Promote Health Behaviors and Well-Being?



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