Our volume examines the potential for change during the life course and across generations. We address the possibilities for promoting healthy development from infancy to adulthood in three key domains: human capital, partnership behavior, and child and adolescent development. Drawing from the disciplines of economics, demography, sociology, psychology, and psychiatry, our volume takes a multidisciplinary approach to review relevant empirical work regarding aspects of change and continuity, and the ways in which policies and programs might bring about change. We feature chapters from leading researchers in five countries to address these important issues. The main purpose of our volume is to link and integrate the lessons learned from multiple disciplines about change and continuity in order to examine how our nations can improve life chances.
Figures and tables; Contributors; Foreword Klaus Jacobs; Acknowledgments; Part I. Introduction and Overview: 1. Introduction P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Kathleen Kiernan and Ruth J. Friedman; 2. Life-course development: the interplay of social-selection and social causations within and across generations Avshalom Caspi; Part II. Human Capital: 3. An overview of economic and social opportunities and disadvantage in European households Brian Nolan and Bertrand Maitre; 4. Parental, childhood, and early adult legacies in the emergence of adult social exclusion: evidence on what matters from a British cohort John Hobcraft; 5. Individual and parent based intervention strategies for promoting human capital and positive behavior Greg J. Duncan and Katherine Magnuson; Part III. Partnership Behavior: 6. Cohabitation and divorce across nations and generations Kathleen Kiernan; 7. The intergenerational transmission of couple instability E. Mavis Hetherington and Anne Mitchell Elmore; 8. Strengthening partnerships and families Kurt Hahlweg; Part IV. Psychological Health and Development: 9. Intergenerational continuities and discontinuities in psychological problems Michael Rutter; 10. Environmental influences on intellectual abilities in childhood: findings from a longitudinal adoption study Michel Duyme, Louise Arsenault, Annick-Camille Dumaret; 11. Intervention and policy as change agents for young children Jeanne Brooks-Gunn; Part V. Conclusion: 12. Human development and the potential for change from the perspective of multiple disciplines: what have we learned? P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal; Index.
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