Today is World Mental Health day! I thinks one of the best things I can do today is solidify my understanding of structural equations modelling. In case you are not up to speed, this a technique that allows one to create a statistical model where abstract concepts, such as mental health states – depression or homophobia for instance – are drawn from certain measures, such as suicidal ideation, self hatred, in a questionnaire. It works backwards, assuming that these abstract constructs induce a person to give certain answers on a questionnaire. As you see, this is critical to identifying mental health problems in individuals, when using quantitative methods.
I ran past two of my professors from public health this morning. One of them was the epidemiology convenor, Landon and the other Chris, who last year hosted the talk regarding the IMAGES survey in Malawi. Together, they remind me of my epidemiological and social behavioral interests. I wonder if I will be able to look at that data one day, real data. Well, first let me study.
There is a video screening at 1pm today on Mental Health day, but I will skip this so I can study.