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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health$
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Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780192632890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.001.0001

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A life course approach to women’s health: does the past predict the present?

A life course approach to women’s health: does the past predict the present?

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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health
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Diana Kuh

Rebecca Hardy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0001

This chapter begins with an overview of the central themes of this book. It then introduces life course epidemiology, which is the study of the contribution of biological and social factors acting independently, interactively, and cumulatively during gestation, childhood, adolescence, and adult life on health outcomes in later life. The chapter concludes with a discussion of challenges and opportunities in the study of women's health.

Keywords:   female health, life course epidemiology, risk factors, childhood, adult life

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