Ralph Catalano

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Affiliation: University of California
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Psychiatric emergencies: the check effect revisited
    R Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley 94720, USA
    J Health Soc Behav 40:79-86. 1999
  2. ncbi request reprint Economic predictors of admissions to inpatient psychiatric treatment in Sweden
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 320 Warren Hall Berkeley, California 94720, USA
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 39:305-10. 2004
  3. ncbi request reprint Sex ratios in the two Germanies: a test of the economic stress hypothesis
    Ralph A Catalano
    University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Hum Reprod 18:1972-5. 2003
  4. ncbi request reprint Economic antecedents of the Swedish sex ratio
    Ralph A Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, 322 Warren Hall, 7360, Berkeley, CA 94720 7360, USA
    Soc Sci Med 60:537-43. 2005
  5. doi request reprint Selection in utero contributes to the male longevity deficit
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, 15 University Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Soc Sci Med 72:999-1003. 2011
  6. ncbi request reprint Psychiatric emergency services and the system of care
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley 94720, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 54:351-5. 2003
  7. ncbi request reprint Unemployment and the detection of early stage breast tumors among African Americans and non-Hispanic whites
    Ralph A Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Ann Epidemiol 13:8-15. 2003
  8. ncbi request reprint Economic antecedents of mortality among the very old
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Epidemiology 13:133-7. 2002
  9. ncbi request reprint Communal bereavement and the incidence of very low birthweight in Sweden
    R Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA
    J Health Soc Behav 42:333-41. 2001
  10. ncbi request reprint Using time-series analyses to detect the health effects of medical care reforms: a Norwegian example
    R Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley 94720, USA
    Soc Sci Med 53:1037-43. 2001

Detail Information

Publications41

  1. ncbi request reprint Psychiatric emergencies: the check effect revisited
    R Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley 94720, USA
    J Health Soc Behav 40:79-86. 1999
    ..Results support the first hypothesis but not the second. The implications are that there is a general check effect and that it was not reduced by ending benefits to persons with drug and alcohol related disabilities...
  2. ncbi request reprint Economic predictors of admissions to inpatient psychiatric treatment in Sweden
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 320 Warren Hall Berkeley, California 94720, USA
    Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 39:305-10. 2004
    ..We apply time-series methods to data for the 336 months beginning January 1973 to determine if the association appears in Sweden...
  3. ncbi request reprint Sex ratios in the two Germanies: a test of the economic stress hypothesis
    Ralph A Catalano
    University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Hum Reprod 18:1972-5. 2003
    ..The theory suggests that the East German sex ratio should be lower in 1991, when East Germany's economy collapsed, than expected from its own history and from the sex ratio in West Germany...
  4. ncbi request reprint Economic antecedents of the Swedish sex ratio
    Ralph A Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, 322 Warren Hall, 7360, Berkeley, CA 94720 7360, USA
    Soc Sci Med 60:537-43. 2005
    ..The results support the hypothesis. We argue that the findings have implications for basic science as well as for the debate over the biological effects of social policy...
  5. doi request reprint Selection in utero contributes to the male longevity deficit
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, 15 University Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Soc Sci Med 72:999-1003. 2011
    ..I replicate the test with data from England and Wales. Results support the hypothesis that selection in utero against less fit males may explain part of the difference in longevity between males and females in modern populations...
  6. ncbi request reprint Psychiatric emergency services and the system of care
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley 94720, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 54:351-5. 2003
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  7. ncbi request reprint Unemployment and the detection of early stage breast tumors among African Americans and non-Hispanic whites
    Ralph A Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Ann Epidemiol 13:8-15. 2003
    ..To test the hypothesis that high unemployment predicts reduced detection of local breast tumors among African American and non-Hispanic white women in the Detroit, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia SEER catchment areas...
  8. ncbi request reprint Economic antecedents of mortality among the very old
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Epidemiology 13:133-7. 2002
    ..Much of this trend has been attributed to mechanisms in which the benefits of economic growth act on the young. No attempts have been made to reconcile these theories with the experience of the very old...
  9. ncbi request reprint Communal bereavement and the incidence of very low birthweight in Sweden
    R Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA
    J Health Soc Behav 42:333-41. 2001
    ..g., destruction of the World Trade Center and attack on the Pentagon). Events with less visibility, moreover, may induce communal bereavement in smaller populations defined by geography or organizational participation...
  10. ncbi request reprint Using time-series analyses to detect the health effects of medical care reforms: a Norwegian example
    R Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley 94720, USA
    Soc Sci Med 53:1037-43. 2001
    ..We suggest one method and demonstrate its application by testing the hypothesis that the incidence of very low birthweight increased when the financing of health care was changed in four Norwegian communities...
  11. ncbi request reprint Detecting the effect of medical care on mortality
    R Catalano
    320 Warren Hall, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    J Clin Epidemiol 54:830-6. 2001
    ..Another is that the introduction of Medicare in the 1960s increased life expectancy at age 65...
  12. ncbi request reprint The ecological effect of unemployment on the incidence of very low birthweight in Norway and Sweden
    R Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley 94720, USA
    J Health Soc Behav 40:422-8. 1999
    ..Our findings imply that the social cost of unemployment may be underestimated by focusing on unemployment as an individual risk factor...
  13. ncbi request reprint Economic antecedents of foster care
    Ralph Catalano
    Department of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 7360, USA
    Am J Community Psychol 32:47-56. 2003
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  14. ncbi request reprint Population stress and the Swedish sex ratio
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 9420 7360, USA
    Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 19:413-20. 2005
    ..Implications include that surveillance systems might monitor dispensing of anxiolytics and antidepressants as a marker for population stress thought to be a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm delivery...
  15. doi request reprint Gender-specific selection in utero among contemporary human birth cohorts
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 23:273-8. 2009
    ..The results suggest that natural selection conserved the stress mechanism in females to end the gestation of relatively less fit males and that this mechanism manifests itself in contemporary human societies...
  16. ncbi request reprint Male lifespan and the secondary sex ratio
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 7360, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 18:783-90. 2006
    ..We discuss the implications of our findings for basic research as well as for public health...
  17. pmc Secondary sex ratios and male lifespan: damaged or culled cohorts
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, 322 Warren Hall 7360, Berkeley, CA 94720 7360, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103:1639-43. 2006
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  18. ncbi request reprint Fetal death sex ratios: a test of the economic stress hypothesis
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Int J Epidemiol 34:944-8. 2005
    ..Using the unemployment rate also allows us to determine if ambient economic stressors less extreme than collapsing national economies affect the fetal death sex ratio...
  19. pmc Natural selection in utero induced by mass layoffs: the hCG evidence
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, CA, USA
    Evol Appl 5:796-805. 2012
    ..Our findings imply that the effect arises via natural selection - a mechanism we largely ignore when attempting to explain, or alter, how collective choice affects our biology...
  20. ncbi request reprint Child mortality and cohort lifespan: a test of diminished entelechy
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Int J Epidemiol 35:1264-9. 2006
    ..No direct test of this hypothesis appears in literature...
  21. ncbi request reprint Low birthweight in New York City and upstate New York following the events of September 11th
    Brenda Eskenazi
    Center for Children s Environmental Health Research, School of Public Health, University of California, UC Berkeley, CA 94720 7380, USA
    Hum Reprod 22:3013-20. 2007
    ..We examined pregnancy outcomes in New York City (NYC) and upstate New York after the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center disaster...
  22. doi request reprint Selection in utero: a biological response to mass layoffs
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, 50 University Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 22:396-400. 2010
    ..We show that selection in utero better explains the observed data. We conclude that human adaptation to the economic environment deserves scrutiny from a wider array of scientists than it now receives...
  23. ncbi request reprint Unemployment and civil commitment: a test of the intolerance hypothesis
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Aggress Behav 33:272-80. 2007
    ..The test applies Box-Jenkins methods to 156 months (August 1985-July 1998) of data from California. Consistent with theory, results support the hypothesis...
  24. ncbi request reprint The sex ratio and age-specific male mortality: evidence for culling in utero
    Tim Bruckner
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 7360, USA
    Am J Hum Biol 19:763-73. 2007
    ..These findings suggest that exogenous shocks to gestation, as measured by a lower than expected sex ratio, may cull males in utero, leaving behind a less frail cohort over the entire life course...
  25. pmc Ambient temperature predicts sex ratios and male longevity
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 7360, USA
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105:2244-7. 2008
    ..We conclude that ambient temperature affects the characteristics of human populations by influencing who survives gestation, a heretofore unrecognized effect of climate on humanity...
  26. pmc Maternal exposure to unexpected economic contraction and birth weight for gestational age
    Claire E Margerison-Zilko
    Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Epidemiology 22:855-8. 2011
    ..The macro-level economy may affect fetal health through maternal behavioral or physiologic responses...
  27. doi request reprint The health effects of economic decline
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 94720, USA
    Annu Rev Public Health 32:431-50. 2011
    ..The promise that the research would identify health costs and benefits of economic policy choices, however, remains unfulfilled and will likely remain so without stronger theory and greater methodological agreement...
  28. ncbi request reprint Economic antecedents of temporal variation in the incidence of ocular trauma
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, 140 Warren, Berkeley, CA 94720 7360, USA
    Ophthalmic Epidemiol 11:279-89. 2004
    ..To test the reciprocal risk hypothesis that the monthly number of unemployed persons in Alabama predicts: 1) the odds that a worker will suffer an ocular injury; and 2) the incidence of ocular injuries at home...
  29. ncbi request reprint Economic antecedents of sudden infant death syndrome
    Tim Bruckner
    Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, 322 Warren Hall, Box 7360, Berkeley, CA 94720 7360, USA
    Ann Epidemiol 16:415-22. 2006
    ..To test the hypothesis that labor market contraction is associated with an elevated number of deaths due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)...
  30. ncbi request reprint Rates of unemployment and incidence of police-initiated examinations for involuntary hospitalization in Florida
    Eric R Kessell
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 22 Warren Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 57:1435-9. 2006
    ..This study tested the hypothesis that contraction of regional economies affects the incidence of involuntary admissions to psychiatric emergency services by reducing community tolerance for persons perceived as threatening to others...
  31. doi request reprint Infant mortality and diminished entelechy in three European countries
    Tim A Bruckner
    UC Berkeley School of Public Health, 322 Warren Hall, Box 7360, Berkeley, CA 94720 7360, USA
    Soc Sci Med 68:1617-24. 2009
    ..These findings conflict with the notion that improved conditions during infancy shaped the historical decline of old-age mortality...
  32. ncbi request reprint Involuntary psychiatric examinations for danger to others in Florida after the attacks of September 11, 2001
    Ralph A Catalano
    Department of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, 94720, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 56:858-62. 2005
    ..This study tested the hypothesis that evaluations for involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations that were initiated by law enforcement personnel in Florida increased in the weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001...
  33. pmc A sex-specific test of selection in utero
    Ralph A Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, 50 University Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 7360, USA
    J Theor Biol 257:475-9. 2009
    ..We contribute to the literature by showing that, consistent with the logic of natural selection, maternal adaptations to environmental changes likely have effects on the survival of both male and female conceptuses and fetuses...
  34. ncbi request reprint Sex ratios in California following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, 94720, USA
    Hum Reprod 20:1221-7. 2005
    ....
  35. ncbi request reprint Commentary: if economic expansion threatens public health, should epidemiologists recommend recession?
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, Univesity of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
    Int J Epidemiol 34:1212-3. 2005
  36. ncbi request reprint Introduction to underemployment and its social costs
    David Dooley
    Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, California 92697, USA
    Am J Community Psychol 32:1-7. 2003
  37. ncbi request reprint Measuring community preferences for public mental health services: pilot test of a mail survey method
    Martha Shumway
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco 94110, USA
    Community Ment Health J 40:281-95. 2004
    ..Simple mail surveys appear to offer a potentially affordable, efficient way to assess community service priorities...
  38. ncbi request reprint Psychiatric emergencies after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
    Ralph A Catalano
    Department of Public Health Biology and Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkley, California 94720, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 55:163-6. 2004
    ..Population surveys suggest that the events of September 11, 2001, resulted in psychiatric emergencies in U.S. communities. This study tested the extent of such emergencies in San Francisco...
  39. ncbi request reprint A time-series analysis of the effect of increased copayments on the prescription of antidepressants, anxiolytics, and sedatives in Sweden from 1990 to 1999
    Michael Ong
    University of California, San Francisco, Division of General Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Care Center, 400 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0320, San Francisco, CA 94143 0320, USA
    Clin Ther 25:1262-75. 2003
    ..Outpatient prescription medication spending in Sweden has increased sharply since 1974. The Swedish government has raised copayments to reduce medication consumption and limit the growth of medication spending...
  40. ncbi request reprint Evaluating a campaign to detect early stage breast tumors in the United States
    Ralph Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720, USA
    Eur J Epidemiol 18:545-50. 2003
    ..We conclude that community mobilization may have its intended benefit but suggest that community organizers not ignore unintended costs including the emotional and physical sequelae of false positives...
  41. ncbi request reprint The impact of capitated financing on psychiatric emergency services
    Ralph A Catalano
    School of Public Health, University of California, 140 Warren Hall, Berkeley, California 94720 7360, USA rayc berkeley edu
    Psychiatr Serv 56:685-90. 2005
    ..This study examined the impact of capitation on hospital emergency department visits, a widely cited indicator of the effectiveness of the other components of the system...