Understanding the effects of COVID-19 through a life course lens

Publication Type Journal Article
Year of Publication 2020
Authors Settersten, RABernardi, LHärkönen, JAntonucci, TCDykstra, PAHeckhausen, JKuh, DMayer, KUlrichMoen, PMortimer, JTMulder, CHSmeeding, TMvan der Lippe, THagestad, GOKohli, MLevy, RSchoon, IThomson, E
Journal Advances in Life Course Research
Pagination 100360
Date Published 07/2020
ISSN 10402608

The Covid-19 pandemic is shaking fundamental assumptions about the human life course in societies around the world. In this essay, we draw on our collective expertise to illustrate how a life course perspective can make critical contributions to understanding the pandemic’s effects on individuals, families, and populations. We explore the pandemic’s implications for the organization and experience of life transitions and trajectories within and across central domains: health, personal control and planning, social relationships and family, education, work and careers, and migration and mobility. We consider both the life course implications of being infected by the Covid-19 virus or attached to someone who has; and being affected by the pandemic’s social, economic, cultural, and psychological consequences. It is our goal to offer some programmatic observations on which life course research and policies can build as the pandemic’s short- and long-term consequences unfold.

DOI 10.1016/j.alcr.2020.100360
Short Title Advances in Life Course Research