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Health and Well-Being Across the Life Course

Mary Larkin De Montfort University
Open University, UK
© 2013   208 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd   
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Paperback ISBN: 9780857028822 $46.00
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857028815 $108.00

'I think there will be a lot of interest in this book. Its key selling point is the author's interdisciplinary approach and the clarity with which she pulls it together' -

Sally Robinson, Canterbury Christ Church University

'Mary Larkin's book is written in an accessible style which is suitable for first year undergraduate students but also allows more advanced students to appreciate the topic. The chapter overviews, activities and discussion points enable the reader to embed the information from each of the chapters. I will be recommending this book to my students' -
Jayne Evans, Staffordshire University

'This is a useful background book for all students interested in health, wellbeing and ageing. Well-referenced, it looks at factors such as employment, smoking, recreational drug use and relationships that affect the course of our lives. As a student, this book has informed a number of my essays.
Each chapter offers an overview, introduction, discussion of health and wellbeing at that particular stage of life, and specific risks to health and wellbeing. The discussion points are an opportunity for reflection and further study. I found the seven-page glossary particularly useful.'

Nicola Evans

sport and exercise science student at Coleg Lllandrillo, Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales

Nursing Standard

This book harnesses evidence from a growing body of research, particularly on prenatal health and associations with health in later life. It contains information that nurses can use to reflect on their practice and assist them when communicating health promotion messages to clients using an holistic approach.

Sara Nam

Technical Specialist - Reproductive and Sexual Health, Options Consultancy Services

Primary Health Care

suitable as reference book for Public Health students.

Mrs Navjot Virk

Nursing, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Derby University

May 08 2015

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This an excellent text for undergraduate students to understand the health needs of individuals at different stages of life. The text is easy to understand in bite-sized chunks.

Ms Sarah Rutherford

Professional Registration, Manchester Metropolitan University

Mar 03 2015

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nice background reading to lifespan development

Mrs Margaret Gough

Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University

Feb 08 2015

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This book will be recommended for our undergraduate students. It is written in an accessible and thought-provoking way to enable students to have a wider understanding of the topics, and to develop their critical thinking skills.

Mrs Coralie Roll

School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia

Jan 20 2015

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This is a useful book to supplement the teaching to enable students to understand about health and Well being.

Ms Susan Dray

Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales

Jan 05 2015

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An excellent multi-discipline approach to the subject taken for each life-course stage. The book is set out in a very accessible format for under graduates with lots of side headings and comment boxes and advice for further study. The chapter overviews provide a quick reference point for students. Each chapter can be used to guide students to areas for individual study, provide homework tasks and make links between the various factors impacting on health and illness across and between different stages of the life-course. Definitely recommended reading for my students.

Mrs Vicki Tait

Education , City of Sunderland College

Oct 20 2014

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Written in a very accessible style. Can be used widely within the undergraduate modules.

Ms Ros Sanders

Faculty of health and science, University of Cumbria

Jul 01 2014

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Not as useful as first thought for Sports courses, though will supplement evidence for units on health and wellbeing. More suited to Health and Social Care. Nice touch with the discussion boxes, definite use for this in lessons for deeper learning and assessment of understanding

Miss Hanna Storey

Sport and Public Services, NEW College Pontefract

Jun 24 2014

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An interesting book using life course perspectives to inform the care of older people.

Dr Leah Macaden

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Stirling University

Jun 02 2014

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A very well structured text providing a sound theoretical framework in which to consider occupation and participation in relation to health and well being across the life span. The discussion points provide a good basis for workshops and are useful to promote further discussion of the wider issues each chapter raises.

Ms Diane Cotterill

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University College

May 13 2014

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Excellent addition to the resources used by students on 2 modules (Health and Society - year 1 semester 2; Health Improvements - year 3 semester 2)

Mrs Jean Shapcott

School of Nursing, Kingston University

Apr 03 2014

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Useful for students on their second year adult branch modules

Mrs Beryl Cooledge

School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University

Mar 26 2014

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This would be an excellent teaching resource for Unit 4 of the BTEC Extended Diploma in Health Studies and I will be recommending it to the course co-ordinator for use by our lecturers.

Mrs Teresa Moran

Community Studies, Truro and Penwith College

Jan 21 2014

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A very relevant text for occupational therapists and students to add depth of understanding to how health and well being affects occupational performance across the lifecycle.

Mrs Liz Cade

Health , Glyndwr University

Dec 20 2013

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Has lot of information that will be helpful to students on this course

Mrs Janet Gargiulo

Health and Social Care, Glyndwr University

Dec 12 2013

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A great read well written and accessible

Mr Timothy Wallis

Health, University Campus Oldham

Dec 09 2013

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an interesting overview of health and well-being across the life span. Contains material that is likely to encourage students to further their research on the topic.

Mrs Suzan Flannery

Counselling, Bromley College of FE & HE

Nov 21 2013

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Very essential book for both under graduates and post graduates.

Miss Jane Matonhodze

Dept. Family Care and Mental Health, Greenwich University

Nov 13 2013

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An excellent book that broadly introduces students to health & Well-being across the lifespan. The degree is currently being revalidated at the university and I feel an introductory module that aligns with the contents of this book would be of value

Dr Peter Leadbetter

Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University

Nov 12 2013

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A very good book that links with many Learning Outcomes. Students are able to gain an objective insight to health across the life course of an individual.


HIGHER EDUCATION, Canterbury College

Oct 09 2013

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A most informative book for learners reading into Community health promotion. Statistics are easy to read and understand; learners favour the A5 page size as this is not too overwhelming where data and stats are presented. Bite size chapters enable learners to focus quickly on succinct and concise content to aid them in research and assignment writing.

Mrs Sian Lewis

Dept of AACTS - School of STEPS, Ystrad Mynach College

Oct 02 2013

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This is a very useful guide to key influences on health and well being across a broad population. As such it is a handy place to start for my students and it contains useful demographic research which students could refer to. The focus is a little too broad and shallow to be a core text for my module, but this is only because the focus of the module is more on social determinants.

Miss Rayya Ghul

Health , Canterbury Christ Church University

Aug 05 2013

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A valuable resource for teaching staff involved in the delivery of life course content. This text draws together contemporary ideas and evidence from a national and international perspective.

Ms Anne Marie Langan

Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University

Apr 16 2013

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I have read the book with a great interest in the interdisciplinary approach it endorses. 'Mary Larkin's book is written in an accessible style which is suitable for first year undergraduate students but also allows more advanced students to appreciate the topic. The book provides clear definitions as to what the life course is and why it is important to view health in this way. I really appreciate the interdisciplinary approach discussed in this book.

Mrs Petra Chipperfield

Department of Adult Nursing, City University

Apr 10 2013

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This text provides accessible information about the life course to students. The summary boxes and further reading suggestions provide a helpful conclusion to each chapter

Ms Sarah Maris-Shaw

Allied Health Sceinces, London South Bank University

Mar 19 2013

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The previous edition of this book is being used to support a module on both the Post Graduate Diploma and BSc in Nursing. The module focuses on Development across the Lifespan and is delivered to mental health, child and adult nursing students. The book provides clear definitions as to what the life course is and why it is important to view health in this way. Culture is addressed although I would like this in more depth as students undertaking this course in an inner city area are constantly faced with differing cultural needs. The sections on risk and lifestyle are well presented and useful for health care students who work in environments where risk assessment is a constant feature. Presentation is clear and the discussion points and activities can be used to underpin either independent study work, presentations or seminar discussions.

Ms Anne Manning

Nursing and Midwifery, City University

Mar 13 2013

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This is an excellent book that is very comprehensive in scope. However, it may be too advanced for the module my students are undertaking.

Mr Conor McKevitt

Department of Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Mar 13 2013

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This is a really rounded well researched text which offers the unusual... a 'health' related perspective across the life course. A very useful foundation text for students on health and social care courses and for practitioners.

Professor Alisoun Milne

Social Work (Medway), University of Kent

Mar 13 2013

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This is an excellent book especially for post qualifying students who give holistic individual care. It acknowledges the challenges across the transition of life development.

Ms Mary Scott

Dept Health & So, Glasgow Caledonian University

Feb 13 2013

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I have read the book with a great interest in the interdisciplinary approach it endorses. As a sociologist of health and illness I especially welcome the integration of the social constructionism perspective and the social determinants of inequalities in health throughout the life course. Enriched by cases, activities and discussion points, it is an easy and fluidly to read textbook, also for the students of health sciences whose native language is not English. I am recommending it to our students.

Dr Barbara Domajnko

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana

Feb 13 2013

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Well timed. Right book at right time.

Dr Sally Robinson

Faculty of Health & Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University

Feb 12 2013

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Health and Well-Being Across the Life Course

Mary Larkin De Montfort University
Open University, UK
© 2013   208 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd  

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ISBN:   9780857028822 Paperback Suggested Retail Price:   $46.00 Bookstore Price:   $36.80
ISBN:   9780857028815 Hardcover Suggested Retail Price:   $108.00 Bookstore Price:   $86.40

About This Title

Using a life course approach, the main chapters in this truly original and enlightening text focus on health and well-being during each of our life stages. A wide range of contemporary literature from disciplines such as public health, sociology, epidemiology and social policy are drawn upon to examine key health and well-being issues in these stages, and to illustrate how health effects can accumulate across the life course. Interactive activities based on the text and on extracts from primary sources are used to encourage critical reflection and debate.

Mary Larkin's book will be essential reading for students on the many courses that need an understanding of health and well-being across all age groups. It will also be an invaluable resource for those in the health and social care sector as well as practitioners working in the field.

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