Families and Child Health

  • Nancy S. Landale
  • Susan M. McHale
  • Alan Booth

Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Bio-Social Influences on Early Childhood Health

  3. Role of Family Dynamics in Children’s Health

  4. Link to the Social Environment Through Families

  5. Impact of Social Policies and Programs on Children’s Health

  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Claudia Nau, Jessica Heckert
      Pages 213-226
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-232

About this book


An adult's health is determined not only by stress levels, food choices, and recreational habits. Science is paying increased attention to the roles of prenatal, perinatal, and early childhood conditions in shaping health and well-being across the lifespan.

Families and Child Health brings clarity to this complex and multifaceted topic. This comprehensive volume presents analyses of the interactions between the "nature" and "nurture" components of the equation, providing current findings on in utero nutrition and development and examining the roles of social determinants and family discord in the creation of health disparities. Contributors emphasize opportunities for prevention and intervention and make the case for interdisciplinary collaboration. Among the topics covered in depth are:

  • Early developmental origins of chronic disease.
  • Lifecourse exposures and social disparities in child health.
  • The science of designing, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies for child health.
  • Effects of early psychosocial deprivation on children's cognitive and social development.
  • The family-friendly workplace and its impact on child and family health.
  • Integrating perspectives on children's health.

Families and Child Health is bedrock reading for researchers, professors, and graduate students in disparate fields such as policy analysis, human development, family studies, sociology, social welfare, family demography, public health, health science, clinical psychology, social psychology, behavioral medicine, and public policy. Policymakers will also find it of considerable importance.


Child and Family Health Developing Family-friendly Policies Developmental origins of disease Emotional Security Theory Emotional insecurity and child health Family discord and child health Family dynamics and children's health Family-focused Prevention Interventions Health Care for Children Health Care in the U.S. Health disparities Impact of social policies on children's health Perspectives on Child Health Social Class and Child Health Social Policies and Child Health Socioeconomic disparities in child health Work-Family Research Work-family strain

Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy S. Landale
    • 1
  • Susan M. McHale
    • 1
  • Alan Booth
    • 1
  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6193-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6194-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-9157
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9165
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