This volume offers a comprehensive and conceptually integrated overview of the changing biological, psychological, and social/environmental influences on health and illness from the prenatal period through infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Based on the premise that protective and risk factors vary with life stage, several chapters examine the development of major biological systems and the changing role of genetics and environment over time. In addition, they provide information on environmental influences during the prenatal period and early childhood, chronic illness in childhood, and health and health risks in adolescence. Chapters on adulthood give special emphasis to mid-life transitions in health, resiliency in later life, and the impact of caregiving on health. Final chapters focus on death and dying and on an integrative model of health and illness across the life span.

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PART I: Background

chapter 1|20 pages

Conceptual Frameworks for Viewing Health and Illness

ByThomas L. Whitman

chapter 2|24 pages

Biological Development and Health Risk

ByKathleen J. Sipes Kolberg

chapter 4|18 pages

Poverty and Health Across the Life Span

ByErika E. Bolig, John Borkowski, Jay Brandenberger

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PART II: Children, Family, and Health

chapter 6|20 pages

Environmental Aspects of Infant Health and Illness

ByThomas L.Whitman, Robert D.White, Kathleen M. O’Mara and Marcie C.Goeke-Morey

chapter 7|22 pages

Endogenous and Exogenous Factors in Childhood Health and Disease

ByJulia M. Braungart-Rieker, Antonia L. Guerra

chapter 8|18 pages

Adolescent Development and Health

ByDawn M. Gondoli

chapter 9|22 pages

Chronic Illnesses in Childhood

ByPenny J. Miceli, Jane F. Rowland, Thomas L. Whitman

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PART III: Adulthood, Aging, and Health

chapter 10|18 pages

Adulthood and Aging: Transitions in Health and Health Cognition

ByThomas V. Merluzzi, Raymond C. Nairn

chapter 11|20 pages

Resiliency in Later Life

ByC. S. Bergeman, K. A. Wallace

chapter 12|22 pages

The Health Effects of Caregiving for Adults in Later Life

ByDominic O. Vachon

chapter 13|26 pages

Death and Dying Across the Life Span

ByJohn L. McIntosh

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PART IV: Summary and Conclusions