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

Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0001

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

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

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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

Chapter.  9767 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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