Life course epidemiology

Mishra, Gita D., Kuh, Diana and Ben-Shlomo, Yoav (2015). Life course epidemiology. In James D. Wright (Ed.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences (pp. 67-75) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.14085-1

Author Mishra, Gita D.
Kuh, Diana
Ben-Shlomo, Yoav
Title of chapter Life course epidemiology
Title of book International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Chapter in reference work, encyclopaedia, manual or handbook
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.14085-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9780080970875
Editor James D. Wright
Start page 67
End page 75
Total pages 9
Language eng
Subjects 3300 Social Sciences
Abstract/Summary Life course epidemiology examines biological, behavioral, and social pathways that link exposures during gestation, childhood, adolescence, and adult life, and across generations, to influence health and health inequalities in later life. This article traces the origins of the field from its focus on early life factors and adult chronic diseases to a wider investigation of how the trajectory of exposures can act across life to influence disease etiology. It describes how simple life course models are applied to elaborate the independent, cumulative, and interactive effects of exposures. It concludes with recent developments and future directions for life course studies.
Keyword Accumulation model
Critical period model
Family-based studies
Health behaviors
Life course epidemiology
Life course theoretical models
Multicohort studies
Record linkage
Sensitive period model
Socioeconomic mobility
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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