Connections between Childhood and Adulthood

  • Jane D. McLeod
  • Elbert P. Almazan
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


The study of the relationship between childhood and adulthood is an inherently interdisciplinary project. Psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, and epidemiologists have all made central contributions to our understanding of the processes through which early material, experiential, and psychological endowments shape subsequent development. In areas as diverse as the childhood predictors of adult health, the long-term sequelae of childhood adversity, and life course continuities in antisocial behavior researchers have presented compelling evidence for childhood-adulthood links and have begun to eludicate the mechanisms responsible for them. These investigations draw on life course concepts such as transitions and trajectories and affirm their utility for understanding the long-term implications of early life experiences.


British Medical Journal Childhood Adversity American Sociological Review Adult Health Parental Divorce 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane D. McLeod
    • 1
  • Elbert P. Almazan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyIndiana UniversityBloomington, Indiana

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