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Family and Individual Well-Being
Family and individual well-being

The relationship between families and health from a life course perspective with its focus on the dynamic, interconnected unfolding trajectories and transitions (see The life course) of individual lives is assessed here. It draws attention to the potential complexity of family role configurations and possible pathways constituted by the interplay of social, economic, and cultural structure with their requirements and proscriptions (MacMillan and Copher, 2005: 861).

In relation to individual health and well-being, the family context of early life can, as Wadsworth (1999) has stated, ‘set the trajectory into adulthood’. The processes of individual biological development are strongly mediated by social context, and family circumstances play a key role. The findings of a wide range of social and psychological ...

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