From Cradle to Grave and Generation to Generation: A Life Course Perspective on Human Development

July 1, 2013

The life course perspective is a theoretical model of human development and behavior that has emerged over the last half-century, with both individual and collaborative contributions from sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, social historians, and demographers. This model considers how chronological age, relationships, common life transitions, social change, and environment shape people’s path through life from birth to death. This perspective acknowledges that human development is less linear than we often appreciate, and provides a foundation for a highly contextual appreciation for “how and why” the children and families with whom we work have come in contact with the justice system. Perhaps more importantly, a life course perspective emphasizes human interdependence and offers insight on intergenerational transmission of challenges associated with trauma, poverty, and other life stressors. This course will give an overview of this model of human development and behavior to help Project ONE courts develop a truly holistic view and appreciation of children and families – a foundational principle of this project.

Faculty: Shawn Marsh, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer, Juvenile Law Programs, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

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