ArticleProblems With Parsimony in Research on Socioeconomic Determinants of HealthKneipp, Shawn M. ARNP, PhD; Drevdahl, Denise J. RN, PhDAuthor Information From the Department of Health Care Environments & Systems, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. (Kneipp) The Nursing Program, University of Washington, Tacoma, Wash. (Drevdahl) Dr. Kneipp's contributions to this work were supported in part by the National Institute of Nursing Research (#R15 NR07732-01A1) and the National Institute of Nursing Research/University of Florida College of Nursing Biobehavioral Research Center (#1 P20 NR07791-01). The opinions reflected here, however, are solely those of the authors. Reprints: Shawn M. Kneipp, ARNP, PhD, University of Florida, College of Nursing, PO Box 100187, Gainesville, FL 32610-0187 (e-mail: [email protected]). Corresponding author: Denise J. Drevdahl, RN, PhD, University of Washington, Tacoma, 1900 Commerce St, PO Box 358421, Tacoma, WA 98402 (e-mail: [email protected]). Advances in Nursing Science: July 2003 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 162-172 Buy Abstract Despite growing evidence that social and economic factors are important determinants of health disparities, there is a lack of understanding of how these factors operate in relation to health. This article explores 3 conceptual and methodological issues impeding nursing research in this area: (1) ambiguity surrounding socioeconomic status (SES), both conceptually and as a scientific indicator; (2) the narrow focus on biological and behavioral risks for chronic disease development; and (3) the persistent centrality of individual behavior in studies examining SES-health contextual relationships. A brief overview of emerging approaches for enhancing nursing science in the area of SES and health disparities is presented. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.