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The life course as developmental theory.
  • G. Elder
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Child development
  • 1 February 1998
The pioneering longitudinal studies of child development (all launched in the 1920s and 1930s) were extended well beyond childhood. Indeed, they eventually followed their young study members up toExpand
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The Emergence and Development of Life Course Theory
Today, the life course perspective is perhaps the pre-eminent theoretical orientation in the study of lives, but this has not always been the case. The life histories and future trajectories ofExpand
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Time, human agency, and social change: perspectives on the life course
The life course has emerged over the past 30 years as a major research paradigm. Distinctive themes include the relation between human lives and a changing society, the timing of lives, linked orExpand
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A family process model of economic hardship and adjustment of early adolescent boys.
We propose a family process model that links economic stress in family life to prosocial and problematic adolescent adjustment. Employing a sample of 205 seventh-grade boys aged 12 to 14 years (M =Expand
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Linking economic hardship to marital quality and instability.
Utilizing a sample of 76 white middle-class couples from a rural midwestern county in the US this study examines 2 central propositions: 1)the negative impact of economic hardship on a spousesExpand
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Economic stress, coercive family process, and developmental problems of adolescents.
We propose a model of family conflict and coercion that links economic stress in family life to adolescent symptoms of internalizing and externalizing emotions and behaviors. The 180 boys and 198Expand
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Trajectories of Stressful Life Events and Depressive Symptoms during Adolescence.
This 4-year longitudinal study of 191 girls and 185 boys living in intact Camilies in the rural Midwest examines the trajectories of life events and depressive symptoms in adolescence. TheExpand
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The Life Course and Human Development.
The life course paradigm has replaced child-based, growth-oriented (“ontogenetic”) accounts of the person with models that emphasize the timing, social context, and organization of lives from birthExpand
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Children of the Great Depression: Social Change in Life Experience
Crisis And Adaptation: An Introduction * The Depression Experience * Adaptations to Economic Deprivation Coming Of Age In The Depression * Economic Deprivation and Family Status * Children in theExpand
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Couple resilience to economic pressure.
Over 400 married couples participated in a 3-year prospective study of economic pressure and marital relations. The research (a) empirically evaluated the family stress model of economic stressExpand
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