National Symposium on Family Issues

Families and Child Health

Editors: Landale, Nancy S, McHale, Susan M., Booth, Alan (Eds.)

  • Covers family influences on health in childhood and throughout the life course
  • Explores early biosocial influences on health
  • Addresses the interactive effects of psychological, family, and social and environmental processes on children's health ​
  • Focuses on social programs and policies
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​​In recent years, there has been an explosion of research on the early origins of adult health. A growing body of evidence documents that maternal health before conception, prenatal and perinatal exposures, and conditions in childhood play critical roles in health over the life course. Scientific understanding of the multiple and interacting influences on child health and their role in later health continues to evolve rapidly, but greater attention to how families shape the conditions of early life that underlie childhood health is needed. This volume aims to advance understanding of this topic, with attention to mechanisms through which health disparities emerge and are sustained across the lifespan.​

About the authors

Nancy Landale, Ph.D., is Liberal Arts Research Professor of Sociology and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Landale’s areas of interest include family demography, children’s health, immigration and immigrant incorporation, and the Hispanic population. She is widely known for her research on the implications of migration to the U.S. mainland for family processes and maternal/infant health among Puerto Ricans. Her current work focuses on the educational and health outcomes of Mexican children of immigrants.

Susan McHale, Ph.D., is Director of the Social Science Research Institute and The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium and Professor of Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on children's and adolescents' family roles, relationships, and daily experiences and how these family dynamics are linked to youth development and adjustment.

Alan Booth, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Demography, and Human Development & Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. He has been a senior scientist in Penn State's Population Research Institute since 1991. Dr. Booth has co-organized the university's National Symposium of Family Issues since its inception in 1993. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, four books, and editor of 16 volumes. He was editor of Journal of Marriage and The Family from 1985-1991. Dr. Booth directed a 20 year study of marital instability in a national sample of 2000 married persons. The project has been the basis for many studies on the causes of divorce, the effects of divorce on children's well-being, remarriage and step families, as well as the effects on psychological distress, educational achievement, romantic relationships and family formation of having a non-resident parent.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • The Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease

    Barker, David J. P.

    Pages 3-11

  • How Can We Overcome the Biological Inertia of Past Deprivation? Anthropological Perspectives on the Developmental Origins of Adult Health

    Kuzawa, Christopher W.

    Pages 13-21

  • Developmental Origins of Disease and Health Disparities: Limitations and Future Directions

    Haas, Steven A.

    Pages 23-32

  • The Effects of Early Severe Psychosocial Deprivation on Children’s Cognitive and Social Development: Lessons from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project

    Fox, Nathan A. (et al.)

    Pages 33-41

  • Family Discord and Child Health: An Emotional Security Formulation

    Davies, Patrick T. (et al.)

    Pages 45-74

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Families and Child Health
Editors
  • Nancy S Landale
  • Susan M. McHale
  • Alan Booth
Series Title
National Symposium on Family Issues
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-6194-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-6194-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-6193-7
Series ISSN
2192-9157
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 232
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
Topics