Handbook of Life Course Health Development

Handbook of Life Course Health Development

By Neal Halfon (editor)
Book Description

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

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 agenda that proposes priorities for future LCHD research and its application to health care practice and health policy.

Topics featured in the Handbook include: The prenatal period and its effect on child obesity and metabolic outcomes.Pregnancy complications and their effect on women’s cardiovascular health.A multi-level approach for obesity prevention in children.Application of the LCHD framework to autism spectrum disorder.Socioeconomic disadvantage and its influence on health development across the lifespan.The importance of nutrition to optimal health development across the lifespan.The Handbook of Life Course Health Development is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in developmental psychology/science; maternal and child health; social work; health economics; educational policy and politics; and medical law as well as many interrelated subdisciplines in psychology, medicine, public health, mental health, education, social welfare, economics, sociology, and law.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Frontmatter
  • Introduction to the Handbook of Life Course Health Development
  • 1. Emerging Frameworks
    • The Emerging Theoretical Framework of Life Course Health Development
  • 2. Life Stages
    • Preconception and Prenatal Factors and Metabolic Risk
    • Early Childhood Health and the Life Course: The State of the Science and Proposed Research Priorities
    • Middle Childhood: An Evolutionary-Developmental Synthesis
    • Adolescent Health Development: A Relational Developmental Systems Perspective
    • Emerging Adulthood as a Critical Stage in the Life Course
    • Pregnancy Characteristics and Women’s Cardiovascular Health
  • 3. The Life Course Origins and Consequences of Select Major Health Conditions and Issues
    • Early in the Life Course: Time for Obesity Prevention
    • Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment Through a Life Course Health Development Framework
    • Life Course Health Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Self-Regulation
    • A Life Course Health Development Perspective on Oral Health
    • Life Course Health Development Outcomes After Prematurity: Developing a Community, Clinical, and Translational Research Agenda to Optimize Health, Behavior, and Functioning
    • A Life Course Approach to Hearing Health
    • Chronic Kidney Disease: A Life Course Health Development Perspective
  • 4. Crosscutting Topics in Life Course Health Development
    • Growth and Life Course Health Development
    • From Epidemiology to Epigenetics: Evidence for the Importance of Nutrition to Optimal Health Development Across the Life Course
    • How Socioeconomic Disadvantages Get Under the Skin and into the Brain to Influence Health Development Across the Lifespan
    • Health Disparities: A Life Course Health Development Perspective and Future Research Directions
  • 5. Methodological Approaches
    • Core Principles of Life Course Health Development Methodology and Analytics
    • Epidemiological Study Designs: Traditional and Novel Approaches to Advance Life Course Health Development Research
    • Using the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY) to Conduct Life Course Analyses
    • Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to Conduct Life Course Health Development Analysis
    • Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) in Life Course Health Development Research
  • 6. Future Directions
    • Life Course Research Agenda (LCRA), Version 1.0
  • Backmatter
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