Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman, Ericka Tullis, John Son
    Pages 1-16 Open Access
  3. Emerging Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest
      Pages 19-43 Open Access
  4. Life Stages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Guoying Wang, Tami R. Bartell, Xiaobin Wang
      Pages 47-59 Open Access
    3. Marco DelGiudice
      Pages 95-107 Open Access
    4. Richard M. Lerner, Claire D. Brindis, Milena Batanova, Robert Wm. Blum
      Pages 109-121 Open Access
    5. David Wood, Tara Crapnell, Lynette Lau, Ashley Bennett, Debra Lotstein, Maria Ferris et al.
      Pages 123-143 Open Access
    6. Abigail Fraser, Janet M. Catov, Deborah A. Lawlor, Janet W. Rich-Edwards
      Pages 145-165 Open Access
  5. The Life Course Origins and Consequences of Select Major Health Conditions and Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Summer Sherburne Hawkins, Emily Oken, Matthew W. Gillman
      Pages 169-196 Open Access
    3. Pamela Salsberry, Rika Tanda, Sarah E. Anderson, Manmohan K. Kamboj
      Pages 197-236 Open Access
    4. Irene E. Drmic, Peter Szatmari, Fred Volkmar
      Pages 237-274 Open Access
    5. Megan McClelland, John Geldhof, Fred Morrison, Steinunn Gestsdóttir, Claire Cameron, Ed Bowers et al.
      Pages 275-298 Open Access
    6. James J. Crall, Christopher B. Forrest
      Pages 299-320 Open Access
    7. Shirley A. Russ, Kelly Tremblay, Neal Halfon, Adrian Davis
      Pages 349-373 Open Access
    8. Patrick D. Brophy, Jennifer R. Charlton, J. Bryan Carmody, Kimberly J. Reidy, Lyndsay Harshman, Jeffrey Segar et al.
      Pages 375-401 Open Access
  6. Crosscutting Topics in Life Course Health Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Amanda Mummert, Meriah Schoen, Michelle Lampl
      Pages 405-429 Open Access
    3. Pilyoung Kim, Gary W. Evans, Edith Chen, Gregory Miller, Teresa Seeman
      Pages 463-497 Open Access
    4. Kandyce Larson, Shirley A. Russ, Robert S. Kahn, Glenn Flores, Elizabeth Goodman, Tina L. Cheng et al.
      Pages 499-520 Open Access
  7. Methodological Approaches

  8. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 621-621
    2. Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman, Ericka Tullis, John Son
      Pages 623-645 Open Access
  9. Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman
    Pages E1-E1 Open Access
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 647-664

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This handbook synthesizes and analyzes the growing knowledge base on life course health development (LCHD) from the prenatal period through emerging adulthood, with implications for clinical practice and public health. It presents LCHD as an innovative field with a sound theoretical framework for understanding wellness and disease from a lifespan perspective, replacing previous medical, biopsychosocial, and early genomic models of health. Interdisciplinary chapters discuss major health concerns (diabetes, obesity), important less-studied conditions (hearing, kidney health), and large-scale issues (nutrition, adversity) from a lifespan viewpoint.  In addition, chapters address methodological approaches and challenges by analyzing existing measures, studies, and surveys. The book concludes with the editors’ research agenda that proposes priorities for future LCHD research and its application to health care practice and health policy.

Topics featured in the Handbook include: 

  • The prenatal period and its effect on child obesity and metabolic outcomes.
  • Pregnancy complications and their effect on women’s cardiovascular health.
  • A multi-level approach for obesity prevention in children.
  • Application of the LCHD framework to autism spectrum disorder.
  • Socioeconomic disadvantage and its influence on health development across the lifespan.
  • The importance of nutrition to optimal health development across the lifespan.

The Handbook of Life Course Health Development is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians/professionals, and graduate students in developmental psychology/science; maternal and child health; social work; health economics; educational policy and politics; and medical law as well as many interrelated subdisciplines in psychology, medicine, public health, mental health, education, social welfare, economics, sociology, and law.


ACEs and health development science Adverse childhood experiences and health development science Autism and health across the life course Biological embedding and health outcomes Chronic kidney disease across the life course Community and heath development Developmental origins of chronic illnesses Diabetes and life course health Family and health development Fetal programming and health development Health disparities across the lifespan Hearing loss and health development Life course health development science MCH and health development science Maternal and child health over the life course Nutrition and health across the lifespan Obesity and health Oral health across the life course Self-regulation and health Spina Bifada across the life course

Editors and affiliations

  • Neal Halfon
    • 1
  • Christopher B. Forrest
    • 2
  • Richard M. Lerner
    • 3
  • Elaine M. Faustman
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsDavid Geffen School of Medicine, UCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Applied Clinical Research Center Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public HealthUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-47141-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-47143-3
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