Publication Type Journal Article Year of Publication 2017 Authors Settersten, RA Journal Innovation in Aging Volume 1 Issue 2 Date Published Sept-01-2017 Abstract “Aging” and the “life course” are distinct but complementary phenomena that inform one another. Building on this insight, this essay conveys some lessons the author has learned about aging by studying the … Continue reading Some things I have learned about aging by studying the life course
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Publication Type Journal Article Year of Publication 2017 Authors Meagher, KM, McGowan, ML, Settersten, RA, Fishman, JR, Juengst, ET Journal Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics Volume 18 Issue 1 Pagination 369 - 387 Date Published Apr-24-2017 ISSN 1527-8204 Abstract In addition to genetic data, precision medicine research gathers information about three factors that … Continue reading Precisely where are we going? Charting the new terrain of precision prevention
Publication Type Journal Article Year of Publication 2017 Authors McGowan, ML, Choudhury, S, Juengst, ET, Lambrix, M, Settersten, RA, Fishman, JR Journal BioSocieties Issue 3 Date Published Mar-22-2017 ISSN 1745-8552 Abstract This paper investigates how groups of ‘citizen scientists’ in non-traditional settings and primarily online networks claim to be challenging conventional genomic research processes and norms. … Continue reading “Let’s pull these technologies out of the ivory tower”: The politics, ethos, and ironies of participant-driven genomic research
Publication Type Journal Article Year of Publication 2016 Authors Mejía, ST, Settersten, RA, Odden, MC, Hooker, K Journal J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci Volume 71 Issue 4 Pagination 734-44 Date Published 2016 Jul ISSN 1758-5368 Abstract OBJECTIVES: The "Great Recession" shocked the primary institutions that help individuals and families meet their needs and … Continue reading Responses to financial loss during the Great Recession: An examination of sense of control in late midlife.
Since the late 1980s, the human genetics and genomics research community has been promising to usher in a “new paradigm for health care”—one that uses molecular profiling to identify human genetic variants implicated in multifactorial health risks. After the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, a wide range of stakeholders became committed to this “paradigm shift,” creating a confluence of investment, advocacy, and enthusiasm that bears all the marks of a “scientific/intellectual social movement” within biomedicine.
We start with the observation that aging gerontologists often engage in two distinct discourses on aging—one public and one private. This separation entails “othering,” which reproduces agism and stigma. Based on personal experience, insight from colleagues and writers, and concepts from symbolic interaction perspectives, we argue that becoming old to some degree involves becoming a stranger. Before reaching old age, both of us have been in the position of strangers due to social experiences that left us “off the line” or “on the margins.” Examples are crossing social borders related to nations, class structures, gender, race, health status, and generations.
The language of “participant-driven research,” “crowdsourcing” and “citizen science” is increasingly being used to encourage the public to become involved in research ventures as both subjects and scientists. Originally, these labels were invoked by volunteer research efforts propelled by amateurs outside of traditional research institutions and aimed at appealing to those looking for more “democratic,” “patient-centric,” or “lay” alternatives to the professional science establishment.
Most research on military service focuses on its short-term negative consequences, especially the mental and physical injuries of those deployed in warzones. However, studies of long-term outcomes reveal surprisingly positive effects of military service—both those early in adulthood that grow over time and others that can emerge later in life.
Past research on gender role attitudes has often focused on individual- rather than country-level explanations. Drawing on European Social Survey data from 21 countries, we examine the effect of societal normative climates (i.e., shared perceptions of others’ attitudes) on personal attitudes towards two non-traditional gender roles: Voluntary childlessness and working full-time while children are young. To detect potential gender differences, we analyse disapproval of men and women separately.
If you had just one wish for the study of human development, what would it be? How would it advance the field? And what would it take for your vision to be realized? This was the charge given to 28 scholars who come from different disciplines and fields, and who study different periods of the life course.