Special Issue Call for Papers: Journals of Gerontology

Submission deadline: 
January 15, 2017

Early-Life Influences on Later Life: Innovations and Explorations

The articles we seek will move the field forward conceptually or methodologically or both. We are seeking original research that will further broaden our understanding of the ways that early-life conditions, including family structure and dynamics, socioeconomic background, cognitive ability, health, delinquent behaviors, exposure to trauma and violence, military service, and even in-utero experiences affect one’s life chances, including socioeconomic prospects, family formation, economic well-being, cognition, and physical and mental health. Early life may encompass infancy, childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood. We welcome articles using concepts and themes from sociology, psychology, human development, epidemiology, epigenetics, and other related disciplines. Preference is given to studies focused on mid- or later-life outcomes. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome; multiwave longitudinal data sets are particularly appropriate for studying the life course prospectively. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Explorations of late-life health disparities that pay serious attention to early-life selection processes.
  • The long-term impact of early socioeconomic factors on life-course trajectories, health, and well-being.
  • Explorations of race, gender, cohort, or cross-national differences in the impact of early-life factors on later-life outcomes.
  • Gene–environment interactions over the life course that shape later-life outcomes.
  • Rigorous empirical assessments of life-course theories including cumulative (dis)advantage models, resilience and vulnerability perspectives, and age-as-leveler perspectives.

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