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Why family matters: an introduction

Debbie A Lawlor and Gita D Mishra

in Family matters

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199231034
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723841 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231034.003.0001

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

 Why family matters: an introduction

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Family characteristics and interactions can directly affect one's health and wellbeing across the life course. In addition to the importance of recruiting and collecting data on family members, including parents, grand-parents, and siblings, for understanding fully the determinants of health and well-being across the life course, family studies (for example, intergenerational, sibling, twin) can help assess causality and underlying mechanisms in life course epidemiology. In this introductory chapter a brief background to the importance of family based studies to life course epidemiology is provided, followed-by a summary of the structure of the book and its overall aims.

Keywords: life course epidemiology; twin studies; sibling studies; intergenerational studies; family studies; genetic epidemiology; causality; statistical methods

Chapter.  4868 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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