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A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology$
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Diana Kuh, Yoav Ben Shlomo, and Susser Ezra

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198578154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198578154.001.0001

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Should we intervene to improve childhood circumstances?

Should we intervene to improve childhood circumstances?

(p.415) Chapter 18 Should we intervene to improve childhood circumstances?
A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Diana Kuh

Yoav Ben-Shlomo

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews epidemiological and developmental findings relevant to intervention that may improve childhood circumstances. It discusses the circumstances of contemporary childhood in an international context, the lifelong social disparities in health and wellbeing, and the likely biological and behavioural pathways that account for these disparities. It argues that despite major advances, there are reasons for continuing concern over the physical and social settings in which children are born and raised. The chapter provides evidence supporting a societal imperative to protect and nuture children of the world community.

Keywords:   children, childhood interventions, life course, socioeconomic status, world community

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