Lifecourse Perspective

CURRENT PROJECTS (listed in alpha-order by PI)

Project Title: Social Protection, Work and Family Strain: Cumulative Disadvantage Effects in the US and Europe
PI: Lisa Berkman, PhD, Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Summary: This project has multiple aims: 1) to describe the distribution of work-family strain for females born 1920- 1960 in the US and EU; 2) to assess the differential toxicity of work-family strain on CVD risk behaviors and biomarkers, incidence of stroke and heart disease, CVD mortality, and life expectancy in the US and Europe; 3) to assess whether distributions of the toxicity of work-family strain explain geographic and temporal variations in CVD and life expectancy, and 4) to assess impacts of trends in work-family strain on socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in the US and Europe

Project Title: Time Use among Retirees in the French GAZEL Cohort: Description, Life Course Predictors, and Health Associations
PI: Erika Sabbath, ScD, Research Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Funder: Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Summary: This study will test whether lifetime socioeconomic factors and health status predict patterns of time use among retirees, and the ways in which time use is correlated with current health status.