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Life Course Research Agenda (LCRA), Version 1.0

By Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman, Ericka Tullis, and John Son

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: Life course health science research is “connecting the dots” between child health development, adult patterns of premature morbidity and mortality, and more integrated notions of healthy aging. However, there are still many outstanding questions about the relationship between early experiences and lifelong health and well-being, as well as a growing need to understand how emerging knowledge can be applied to the development of evidence-based practice and policy that can reduce risks, minimize exposures, and optimize lifelong health. In 2010, the Maternal and Child Health Life Course Research Network (LCRN) initiated an inclusive research agenda-setting …

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Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) in Life Course Health Development Research

By Amanda Geller, Kate Jaeger, and Garrett Pace

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) is a nationally representative birth cohort study of approximately 4900 children born in large US cities between 1998 and 2000. Nonmarital childbearing increased dramatically in the second half of the twentieth century, raising questions about the capabilities of unmarried parents, the nature of parental relationships, and their implications for child health development and wellbeing. The FFCWS has become a leading source of information about unmarried parents and their children and about child health development more generally. The study contains biological and social indicators of children’s cognitive …

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Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to Conduct Life Course Health Development Analysis

By Narayan Sastry, Paula Fomby, and Katherine McGonagle

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is a nationally representative, longitudinal study of families in the USA that began in 1968. It is the longest-running household panel survey in the world. As of 2015, a total of 39 waves of data have been collected over 47 years. The study currently covers nearly 10,000 families and 25,000 individuals and has achieved reinterview response rates of 96–98% in virtually every wave. PSID interviews collect information on a wide range of economic, demographic, social, and health topics. The study has a genealogical design, and adult children of …

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Using the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY) to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Elizabeth C. Cooksey

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: The National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY) are a set of three separate US cohorts. Two of the cohorts, the NLSY79 and the NLSY97, are nationally representative, while the third, the NLSY79 Child and Young Adult cohort, follows the offspring born to female NLSY79 respondents. The NLSY79 began data collection in 1979 from an initial sample of 12,686 young men and women born between 1957 and 1964; the NLSY97 cohort, an initial group of 8984 young people born between 1980 and 1984, was first interviewed in 1997. Both the NLSY79 and NLSY97 cohorts have …

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Epidemiological Study Designs: Traditional and Novel Approaches to Advance Life Course Health Development Research

By Stephen L. Buka, Samantha R. Rosenthal, and Mary E. Lacy

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: The central focus of life course epidemiology and life course approaches to health development is on the complex processes underlying the occurrence and accrual of risks at multiple levels and their impact on the developing individual. Reflecting the multilevel and integrated features of human health development that are at the centre of life course health-development (LCHD) principles, study designs seek better understanding of social, familial, and genetic contributions to the aetiology of health conditions, exploring the timing and interactions of different experiences and risks in relationship to the natural course of disorders in different …

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Core Principles of Life Course Health Development Methodology and Analytics

By Todd D. Little

This is one of 26 chapters published in the Handbook of Life Course Health Development.   Abstract: The complexity of life course health development research demands rigorous methodology and analytics. Advanced techniques, improved estimation algorithms, and user-accessible software/hardware developments signal what I see as a paradigm shift in how life science research will be conducted now and in the future. Although techniques such as structural equation modeling (SEM), multilevel modeling (MLM), and mixture distribution modeling have permeated the research agenda in many fields, the capability of these tools has hardly been fully utilized. The craft of life course health development methodology and analytics requires dedication, sophistication, and a knack for molding …

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Handbook of Life Course Health Development

By Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman

ONLINE VERSION OUT NOW! This handbook synthesizes and analyzes the growing knowledge base on life course health development (LCHD) from the prenatal period through emerging adulthood, with implications for clinical practice and public health. It presents LCHD as an innovative field with a sound theoretical framework for understanding wellness and disease from a lifespan perspective, replacing previous medical, biopsychosocial, and early genomic models of health. Interdisciplinary chapters discuss major health concerns (diabetes, obesity), important less-studied conditions (hearing, kidney health), and large-scale issues (nutrition, adversity) from a lifespan viewpoint. In addition, chapters address methodological approaches and challenges by analyzing existing measures, studies, and surveys. The book concludes with the editors’ research …

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Growing Inequality: Bridging Complex Systems, Population Health and Health Disparities

By George A. Kaplan, Ana V. Diez Roux, Carl P. Simon, Sandro Galea (Eds.)

Growing evidence indicates that no single factor—but a system of intertwined causes—explains why America’s health is poorer than the health of other wealthy countries and why health inequities persist despite our efforts. Teasing apart the relationships between these many causes to find solutions has proven extraordinarily difficult. But now researchers are uncovering groundbreaking insights using computer-based systems science tools to simulate how these determinants come together to produce levels of population health and disparities and test new solutions. The culmination of over five years of work by experts from a more than a dozen disciplines, this book represents a bold step forward in identifying why some populations are healthy and …

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TADPOHLS: Enabling integrative longitudinal studies of positive health

By Margaret Kern

This webinar – part of LCRN’s series on Using Existing Data to Examine Life Course Health Development – features Margaret L. Kern, PhD.   Dr. Kern is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in Australia. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Dr. Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and was recently selected as an early career rising star by the Association for …

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The Anatomy of Developmental Predictors of Healthy Lives Study (TADPOHLS)

By Margaret L. Kern, Lizbeth Benson, Emily Larson, Christopher B. Forrest, Katherine B. Bevans, and Laurence Steinberg

Abstract: Numerous studies have followed people across significant portions of their lives. Secondary analyses with these studies offer opportunities to study life trajectories across diverse samples. To aid integrative efforts, we introduce The Anatomy ofDevelopmental Predictors of Healthy Lives Study (TADPOHLS), a data base that categorizes items and constructs from 14 prospective longitudinal studies that followed participants from adolescence into adulthood. To classify items and measures, we created an extensive typology that provides a common language for categorizing study concepts. We illustrate the utility of the data base by examining adolescent perseverance and optimism as predictors of physical health outcomes across six studies. Adolescent perseverance and optimism were related to …

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