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Using a life course approach, the main chapters in this truly original and enlightening text focus on health and well-being during each of our life stages. A wide range of contemporary literature from disciplines such as public health, sociology, epidemiology and social policy are drawn upon to examine key health and well-being issues in these stages, and to illustrate how health effects can accumulate across the life course. Interactive activities based on the text and on extracts from primary sources are used to encourage critical reflection and debate. Mary Larkin's book will be essential reading for students on the many courses that need an understanding of health and well-being across all age groups. It will also be an invaluable resource for those in the health ...

Introduction
Introduction
Aims and Rationale of the Book

The terms ‘health and well-being’ and ‘the life course’ have featured more and more frequently in research and literature about age and ageing in recent years. Indeed, there is now an established body of knowledge on health and well-being at particular stages in our lives. The ‘life course approach’ has been used to supplement biological- and epidemiological-based explanations of health and well-being and has gained in credibility over the past decade. As a result, it has been increasingly adopted within a variety of disciplines and is now widely accepted as a contemporary theoretical framework. The growth in the acknowledgement that adverse health effects are cumulative from conception, through to infancy, childhood, adolescence, ...

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