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Health and Well-Being Across the Life Course

Health and Well-Being Across the Life Course

  • Mary Larkin - De Montfort University, UK, Open University, UK

January 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Studying Health and Well-Being across the Life Course
Beginnings: Prenatal Health
Health and Well-Being in Childhood
Health and Well-Being in Adolescence
Health and Well-Being and Young Adulthood
Health and Well-Being in Midlife
Health and Well-Being in Old Age

'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

Thanks, I adopted this text for 2022 delivery, however, it is a bit dated now. Thanks again.

Dr Kate Ibiyemi Jonathan
School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Southern QLD - Ipswich
January 24, 2023

Brilliant book. Essential for the module.

Mrs Aby Samantha Mitchell
Healthcare, University of West London
December 13, 2016

Mary Larkin, emphasizes the importance of public health within todays contemporary society. Given the advancement of health care, the book explores public health and well-being from a life course perspective; acknowledging that the human race is living longer with chronic conditions and thus, acknowledges the importance of recognizing that individuals despite their age can benefit from effective health promotion and brief interventions. This is an excellent book, and has proved to be a great resource for me as an academic, in delivering public health lectures within pre-registration nurse education.

Mrs Jackie Louise Cinnamond
Department of Nursing Studies, Edge Hill University
September 22, 2016

This is an excellent text which supports students in understandign human growth and development

Mr Paul Rimmer
Social Work , Edge Hill University
September 11, 2015

This is an excellent text which supports students to make sense of human growth and development

Mr Paul Rimmer
Social Work , Edge Hill University
September 11, 2015

suitable as reference book for Public Health students.

Mrs Navjot Virk
Nursing, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Derby University
May 8, 2015

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
March 3, 2015

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