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Just One Wish for the Study of Human Development

By Richard A. Settersten, Jr. and Megan McClelland

If you had just one wish for the study of human development, what would it be? How would it advance the field? And what would it take for your vision to be realized? This was the charge given to 28 scholars who come from different disciplines and fields, and who study different periods of the life course. In this article, Richard A. Settersten, Jr. and Megan McClelland, the issue’s editors, provide an overview of the contributors’ wishes, organized into seven thematic areas: (1) conceptual advances; (2) systems, levels, and contexts; (3) individual differences; (4) methodological advances; (5) harnessing science for human welfare and social justice; (6) underexplored life course dynamics; …

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Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Amanda Geller

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Amanda Geller, PhD, presenting on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) of nearly 5,000 children born in large US cities between 1998 and 2000, roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents. The FFCWS consists of parent interviews at birth and ages 1, 3 and 5, plus in-home assessments of children and home environments at ages 3 and 5.   Amanda Geller is a Clinical Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her research examines the interactions between criminal justice policy and socioeconomic disadvantage, and their joint effects on urban …

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Using the New England Family Study (NEFS) to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Stephen Buka

This webinar – the third in the LCRN’s series on Using Existing Data to Examine Life Course Health Development – features Stephen Buka, Sc.D.   Dr. Buka was at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) for 20 years in the Departments of Maternal Child Health and Epidemiology, and currently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at HSPH. He is Professor and Chair of Epidemiology at Brown University, and also directs Brown’s Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology and the Center for the Study of Human Development. Dr. Buka is an expert in the measurement of the key obstetric events and their effect on adult neuropsychiatric conditions …

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Using the PSID to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Narayan Sastry

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Narayan Sastry, PhD.   Dr. Sastry is a Research Professor in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Adjunct Senior Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, Co-Director of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS), and Associate Director on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). He is also Director of the Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS) that is being designed to study the long-term demographic effects of Hurricane Katrina on the pre-storm population of New Orleans. Dr. Sastry has been at …

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Using the NLSY to Conduct Life Course Analyses

By Elizabeth Cooksey

This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Elizabeth Cooksey, PhD.   Dr. Cooksey is a professor of the Department of Sociology and Associate Director of The Center for Human Resource Research at The Ohio State University. Elizabeth received her MA and PhD in Sociology from Brown University, and then held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Carolina Population Center, UNC, Chapel Hill.  Her research interests focus on early childhood through young adulthood and have a strong life course component.  She has a special interest in adolescent sexual and pregnancy behaviors, on the transition to adulthood, and on linkages between family situations …

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Handbook of Developmental Systems Theory and Methodology

By Peter C. M. Molenaar, Richard M. Lerner, and Karl M. Newell

Developmental systems theory provides powerful tools for predicting complex, dynamic interactions among biological and environmental processes in human behavior and health. This groundbreaking handbook provides a roadmap for integrating key concepts of developmental systems theory (such as self-organization, reciprocal dynamic interaction, and probabilistic epigenesis) and simulation models (connectionist and agent-based models) with advanced dynamic modeling approaches for testing these theories and models. Premier developmental science scholars present innovations in research design, measurement, and analysis that offer new means of generating evidence-based decisions to optimize the course of health and positive functioning across the life span. Topics include epigenetic development and evolution; the relationship between neural systems growth and psychological development; …

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A lifecourse approach to health development: implications for the maternal and child health research agenda

By Shirley A. Russ, Kandyce Larson, Ericka Tullis, Neal Halfon

Lifecourse-informed models of health fundamentally challenge simple biomedical models, introducing new ways of thinking about how diseases develop. This paper considers the broad implications of lifecourse theory for the maternal and child health (MCH) research agenda. The Lifecourse Health Development model provides an organizing framework for a synthesis of the existing literature on lifecourse health and identification of gaps in knowledge. Priority areas identified for MCH research in order to close these knowledge gaps include: epigenetic mechanisms and their potential mutability; peri-conception as a critical and sensitive period for environmental exposures; maternal health prior to pregnancy; the role of the placenta as an important regulator of the intra-uterine environment; and ways to …

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Marginal structural models: the way forward for life course epidemiology?

By Bianca L. De Stavola and Rhian M. Daniel

The study of life-course socioeconomic disadvantage and health raises several important conceptual and methodologic problems. Nandi and coauthors attempt to address some of these in this issue of EPIDEMIOLOGY. In this commentary, we review them and discuss whether their proposed solution is sufficiently broad to be invoked more generally in life-course research, and we highlight the caution required when doing so. Read full article

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Structured regression analyses of life course processes: an example exploring how maternal depression in early childhood affects children’s subsequent internalizing behavior

By L Giles L, M Davies, M Whitrow, A Rumbold, J Lynch, M Sawyer and V Moore

PURPOSE: One of the specific aims of life course epidemiology is to assess the explanatory utility of three general hypotheses, namely the critical period hypothesis, the accumulation of risk hypothesis, and the effect modification hypothesis. METHODS: A structured regression approach to this problem is illustrated with data from an ongoing longitudinal study of children and their families established in Adelaide in 1998-2000. A series of nested models that correspond to the alternative life course hypotheses were fit in an investigation of the effects of maternal depressive states in early childhood on internalizing child behavior at 9.5 years. Both linear and logistic regression models were considered. RESULTS: The structured regression framework …

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From selection effects to reciprocal processes: what does attention to the life course offer?

By Jane D. McLeod and Eliza K. Pavalko

In this chapter, we review how the term “selection effects” has been used by researchers, what processes are implied by the term, and how analyses of selection effects can contribute to our understanding of the associations between socially structured experience and individual health and well-being. Our review draws on the life course perspective to suggest that selection effects represent more complex processes than are often recognized and to create a template for more nuanced analyses of those processes. Through logical arguments and examples, we build the case for a sociological research agenda on selection processes equivalent in importance and relevance to our long tradition of research on social causation. Read …

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