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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health
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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy

Abstract

How far is the health of middle-aged and older women shaped by biological, social, and psychological processes that begin in pre-natal development, childhood, adolescence, or early adult life? Do health risks gradually accumulate over the life course or do experiences as a child and young adult have interactive effects on health in midlife and beyond? Are women now reaching middle age in better health than those from previous generations? This book reviews the latest scientific evidence on biological and social factors at each stage of life that have long-term effects on reproductive outcomes, ... More

Keywords: middle-aged women, older women, pre-natal development, childhood, young adult, reproductive outcomes, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal ageing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780192632890
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana Kuh, editor
Senior Research Scientist, Medical Research Council and Reader, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London

Rebecca Hardy, editor
Research Scientist, Medical Research Council and Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London

Contents

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Part I Introduction

Part II Health, ageing, and disease

Part III Biological, social, and psychosocial pathways

Part IV Explaining health and disease patterns

Part V Conclusions

End Matter