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Thinking about the lifecourse: A psychosocial introduction

Frost, Elizabeth; McClean, Stuart


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Liz Frost
Associate Professor in Social Work

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Dr Stuart McClean
Associate Professor Public Health (Health & Wellbeing)


How we change over time - who we love, what work we do, how we die - is shaped both by internal, and external influences. This book explores the important subject of human growth and development by combining the social context of how people live with their personal ways of thinking and being. The result is a greater understanding of why people are who they are.

Taking a psychosocial approach to exploring human growth and development, this book:

• Provides an insightful exploration of the human life course by looking at significant life stages and key themes (such as parenting, ill-health and violence).

• Draws on both contemporary and classic research in the fields of psychology and sociology, to deliver an in-depth analysis of issues about self and society.

• Moves beyond traditional, limiting approaches to understanding people's lives toward an interdisciplinary, psychosocial approach.


Frost, E., & McClean, S. (2014). Thinking about the lifecourse: A psychosocial introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
ISBN 978-0-230-24965-3
Keywords lifecourse, psychosocial, sociology, psychology, growth, development
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