An Overview of the Life Course Perspective: Implications for Health and Nutrition

Wethington, Elaine
May 2005
Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior;May/Jun2005, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p115
Academic Journal
The life course perspective is emerging as a powerful organizing framework for the study of health, illness, and mortality. This article defines seven major concepts used in applying the life course perspective: trajectories, transitions, turning points, culture and contextual influences, timing in lives, linked lives, and adaptive strategies. The utility of this perspective is demonstrated by the insights it brings to understanding the relationship between historical time, social context, and changes in population and group health and nutritional practices over time.


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