Course: Life Course Perspectives on Health

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Session Topic Readings
Part 1: Foundations
1 The Life Course, Human Development, and Health; Contexts, Causation, and Conceptualization Anderson, N. B. (1998). Levels of Analysis in Health Science: A Framework for Integrating Sociobehavioral and Biomedical Research. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 840(1), 563-576.

Ben-Shlomo, Y. & Kuh, D. (2002). A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Conceptual Models, Empirical Challenges and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. International Journal of Epidemiology, 31, 285-293.

Elder, G. H., Johnson, M. K., & Crosnoe, R. (2003). The Emergence and Development of Life Course Theory. In J. T. Mortimer & M. J. Shanahan (Eds.), Handbook of the Life Course (pp. 3-19). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

2 Cross Cutting Themes, Methodology and the Life Course Perspective in Public Health Halfon, N. & Hochstein, M. (2002). Life Course Health Development: An Integrated Framework for Developing Health, Policy, and Research. Milbank Q, 80(3), 433-479.

Wise, P. H. (2003). Framework as metaphor: the promise and peril of MCH life-course perspectives. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 7(3), 151-156.

3 Multilevel and Life Course Approaches to Obesity Bordage, G. (2009). Conceptual Frameworks to Illuminate and Magnify. Medical Education, 43(4), 312-319.

Earp, J. A. & Ennett, S. T. (1991). Conceptual Models for Health Education Research and Practice. Health Education Research, 6(2), 163-171.

Harris, K. M. (2010). An Integrative Approach to Health. Demography, 47(1), 1-22.

Part 2: Health and Development over the Life Course
4 Fetal Health and Development Required

Armstrong, V. L., Brunet, P. M., He, C., Nishimura, H., & Spector, F. J. (2006). What Is so Critical? A Commentary on the Reexamination of Critical Periods. Developmental Psychobiology, 326-331. Discussion 332-6.

Hertzman, C., & Boyce, T. (2010). How Experience Gets Under the Skin to Create Gradients in Developmental Health. Annual Review of Public Health, 31, 329-347.

Recommended

Haas, J. S., Fuentes-Afflick, E., Stewart, A. L., Jackson, R. A., Dean, M. L., Brawarsky, P., et al. (2005). Prepregnancy Health Status and the Risk of Preterm Delivery. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 159, 58-63.

Snyder, U. (2004). Preterm Birth as a Social Disease. Medscape Ob/Gyn & Women's Health, 9(2). Epub 2004 6 July.

5 Early Childhood: Survival, Growth, and Development Required

Bronfenbrenner, U. & Morris, P. A. (1998). The Ecology of Developmental Processes. In W. Damon & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Handbook of Child Psychology: Volume 1: Theoretical Models of Human Development (5th Ed.). (pp. 993-1028). Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Rutter, M., O'Connor, T. G., & English and Romanian Adoptees (ERA) Study Team (2004). Are There Biological Programming Effects for Psychological Development? Findings from a Study of Romanian Adoptees. Developmental Psychology, 40(1), 81-94.

Recommended

Shonkoff, J. P., Boyce, W. T., & McEwen, B. S. (2009). Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, and the Childhood Roots of Health Disparities: Building a New Framework for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. JAMA, 301(21), 2252-2259.

Tough, P. The Poverty Clinic, The New Yorker, March 21, 2011, pgs 25-32.

6 Health and Development of School Age Children Required

Werner, E. (1995). Resilience in Development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, Vol:81-85.

Wright, M. & Masten, A. (2005). Resilience Processes in Development: Fostering Positive Adaptation in the Context of Adversity. In: Handbook of Resilience in Children (pp. 17-37). New York, NY. Kluwer Academic/Penguin Publishers.

Recommended

Graber, J. A. & Brooks-Gunn, J. (1996). Transitions and Turning Points: Navigating the Passage from Childhood through Adolescence. Developmental Psychology, 32(4), 768-776.

7 Adolescent Development Required

Johnson, M. K., Crosnoe, R., & Elder, G. H. (2011). Insights on Adolescence from a Life Course Perspective. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21, 273-280.

Marmot, M. Social Determinants and Adolescent Health. Int J Public Health 2009;S125-127

8 Health in Adulthood Required

Gouin, J. P., Carter, C. S., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Glaser, R., Malarkey, W. B., Loving, T. J., et al. (2010). Marital Behavior, Oxytocin, Vasopressin, and Wound Healing. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35(7), 1082-1090.

Jackson, J. S., Knight, K. M., & Rafferty, J. A. (2010). Race and Unhealthy Behaviors: Chronic Stress, the HPA Axis, and Physical and Mental Health Disparities over the Life Course. Am J Public Health, 100(5), 933-939.

Recommended

Marmot, M. G., Davey Smith, G., Stansfeld, S. A., Patel, C., North, F., & Head, J. (1991). Health Inequalities among British Civil Servants: The Whitehall II Study. Lancet, 337, 1387-1393.

9 Health and Functioning in Later Life Required

Fried, L. P., Tangen, C. M., Walston, J., Newman, A. B., Hirsch, C., Gottdiener, J., et al. (2001). Frailty in older adults: evidence for a phenotype. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 56(3), M146-M156.

Vaupel, J. W. (2009). Lively Questions for Demographers About Death at 9 Older Ages. Population and Development Review, 35(2), 347-356.

Recommended

Executive Summary and Summary Tables from United Nations. (2009). World Population Ageing 2009. New York: United Nations.

Application Reading
1 Low Birth Weight Jasienska, G. (2009). Low Birth Weight of Contemporary African Americans: An Intergenerational Effect of Slavery? American Journal of Human Biology, 21(1), 16-24.

Lu, M. C., & Halfon, N. (2003). Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes: A Life Course Perspective. Maternal & Child Health Journal, 7(1), 13-30.

2 Early
Language
Development:
Determining
the
Future
Durham, R. E., Farkas G, Scheffner Hammer C., Tomblin J. B., & Catts, H. W. J. (2007). Kindergarten Oral Language Skill: A Key Variable in the Intergenerational Transmission of Socioeconomic Status. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 24(4): 294-305.
3 The Weathering Hypothesis Geronimus, A. T. (2003 ). Damned If You Do: Culture, Identity, Privilege, and Teenage Childbearing in the United States. Social Science & Medicine 57, 881-893.

Geronimus, A. T. (2004). Teenage Childbearing as Cultural Prism. British Medical Bulletin, 69, 155-166.

4 Allostatic Load Required

McEwen, B. S. (1998). Protective and Damaging Effects of Stress Mediators. New England Journal of Medicine, 338(3), 171-179.

Chyu, L., & Upchurch, D. M. (2011). Racial and ethnic patterns of allostatic load among adult women in the United States: findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004. J Womens Health, 20(4), 575-583.

Recommended

Steptoe, A., Hamer, M., Butcher, L., Lin, J., Brydon, L., Kivimaki, M., et al. (2011). Educational attainment but not measures of current socioeconomic circumstances are associated with leukocyte telomere length in healthy older men and women. Brain Behav Immun.

5 Dementia: Life Course Determinants and Late Interventions Required

Whalley, L. J., Dick, F. D., & McNeill, G. (2006). A Life-Course Approach to the Aetiology of Late-Onset Dementias. Lancet Neurol, 5(1), 87-96.

Wilson, R. S., Bennett, D. A., Bienias, J. L., Aggarwal, N. T., Mendes De Leon, C. F., Morris, M. C., et al. (2002). Cognitive Activity and Incident Ad in a Population-Based Sample of Older Persons. Neurology, 59(12), 1910-1914.

Recommended

Lautenschlager NT, e. a. (2008). Effect of physical activity on cognition function in older adults at risk for Alzheimer disease: a randomized trial. JAMA , 300 (9), 1027-37.