In this interdisciplinary study of the human life course as a unit, scholars examine aspects of the life course, looking at several features over a short span and at a few traits over a longer period. provides an overview from disciplines (e.g., history, demography, sociology) that are concerned with understanding the human life course; contains studies of special populations in which integration of a variety of experiences over time can be accomplished. Based on these approaches, new methods appropriate to a science of human life are proposed and discussed in a form suitable for students, faculty, and professionals in human development (sociology, anthropology, psychology), demography, and gerontology.

chapter |5 pages


ByKurt W. Back

part 1|69 pages

Disciplinary Approaches

chapter 1|17 pages

The Life Course and Aging in Historical Perspective

ByTamara Κ. Hareven

chapter 2|10 pages

Biography, Autobiography and the Life Course

ByJames Olney

chapter 3|28 pages

Mental Health Across the Family Life Cycle

ByToni Antonucci, Lois M. Tamir, Steven Dubnoff

chapter 4|11 pages

A Demographic Approach to the Life Cycle

ByHalliman H. Winsborough

part 2|77 pages

Disciplines and Exemplary Populations

chapter 5|17 pages

The Life Course of College Professors and Administrators

ByRobert J. Havighurst

chapter 6|23 pages

Structure and Dynamics of the Individual Life Course

ByPamela J. Perun, Denise Del Vento Bielby

chapter 7|12 pages

Terman's Gifted Women: Work and the Way They See Their Lives

ByEleanor Walker Willemsen

part 3|15 pages


chapter 9|13 pages

Mathematics and the Poetry of Human Life and Points In-Between

ByKurt W. Back