Anette Eva Fasang: Life course concepts in empirical research: An application to end of life health trajectories


Anette Eva Fasang, Humboldt-University Berlin & WZB Berlin Social Science Center (Germany)


This talk reviewed guiding principles of the life course paradigm and discussed how existing methodology implements them in empirical research. An application of end-of-life health trajectories based on the US Health and Retirement Study demonstrated the added value of specifying 'processes outcomes' as proposed by Andrew Abbott for empirical life course research. Using sequence, cluster, and multinomial logistic regression methods, five typical trajectories of joint functional limitations and depression were identified, including two resilient groups of medium and high functional limitations combined with stable low depression. The two resilient groups have often gone unnoticed in previous research focusing on either functional limitations or depression, but are important from a social policy perspective. The presentation concluded with an overview of  avenues for future research to more closely align life course theory and empirical research.

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The seminar is a part of the series of international seminars that are organised by the European Centre.


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12:30 - 14:00


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