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Population Based Registries
 
This multidisciplinary project (combining expertise from the social and medical sciences) asks what effects do dimensions of parents' socioeconomic (e.g. occupational and educational) and family demographic life histories prior to offspring birth have on their children's health, well-being and development, from early life and beyond. The early years, including the prenatal period, are important for healthy psychological and physical development, and have implications for educational achievement, labor market success, and later-life health and overall well-being. The conditions promoting early life are unevenly distributed between children and their families, therefore implying social inequalities in children's lives already from the very beginning. This project presents a new longitudinal perspective on the formation of child health, well-being and development during pregnancy and the first year of life by focusing on the effects of the parents' socioeconomic and demographic life course trajectories from childhood onwards. It offers possibilities for improved understanding of the factors that affect children's healthy development, the social inequalities in these conditions, and the policy interventions that can be used to promote favorable outcomes. To achieve this, we combine data from the FinnBrain cohort study with population register data to form a unique dataset of parents' life course trajectories, and parents' and children's health.

Study group:
Juho Härkönen, Prof., juho.harkonen@sociology.su.se
Hasse Karlsson, Prof., hasseka@utu.fi
Linnea Karlsson, Adj. Prof., linhaa@utu.fi
Matti Lindberg, M.Soc.Sc, Dr.Soc.Sc., mattlin@utu.fi
Noora Scheinin, MD, PhD, nmsche@utu.fi
Sanni Jalonen-Kotimäki, M.Soc.Sc, PhD student, ssjalo@utu.fi
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