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Handbook of Life Course Health Development

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Neal Halfon et al., "Handbook of Life Course Health Development", Springer Nature, 2018, DOI:, 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.


Developmental Origins Of Chronic Illnesses, Autism, Obesity, Nutrition, Health Disparities Across The Lifespan, Diabetes, Community, Fetal Programming, Health Development Science

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