This 2006 book is based on two longitudinal studies of behavior development, both conducted in Finland, a living laboratory setting for longitudinal research. Much of the book reports results from a longitudinal study begun in Jyvaskyla, Finland, in 1968, when its participants were school children. This longitudinal study is complemented by two Finnish twin-family studies, with parallel measures and overlapping aims, to yield insights into genetic and environmental sources of variation in early development and later outcomes. An array of findings from the two sets of longitudinal studies are presented, set within a theoretical framework of socioemotional development, and focused on both individual and familial predictors of health-related outcomes from childhood to early adulthood. Many contributors to this edited volume represent a second-tier of Finnish-USA collaborators. They analyzed data from the longitudinal studies as part of their advanced training, and their contributions to the book report results of such analyses.
Preface; Introduction Richard J. Rose; Part I. Longitudinal and Behavior Genetic Approaches: 1. The Jyvaskyla longitudinal study of personality and social development (JYLS) Lea Pulkkinen; 2. Genetic and environmental influences on social behavior and health Richard J. Rose; 3. Social behaviors and health in twins: the FinnTwin studies Jaakko Kaprio; Part II. Adolescent Health-related Behavior and Adult Health: 4. Body size and overweight from birth to adulthood Marja-Liisa Kinnunen, Kirsi Pietilainen and Aila Rissanen; 5. Pubertal development and health-related behavior Danielle M. Dick and Brian Mustanski; 6. Genetic and environmental influences on the initiation and continuation of smoking and drinking Danielle M. Dick, Satu Barman and Tuuli Pitkanen; 7. Self-rated health: precursors of and implications Karri Silventoinen, Eero Lahelma and Jaakko Kaprio; Part III. Socioemotional Behavior in Early Adolecence: 8. Genetic and environmental factors in girls' and boys' socioemotional behavior Elina Vierikko and Lea Pulkkinen; 9. Emotion regulation and wellbeing Marja Kokkonen and Marja-Liisa Kinnunen; 10. Parental knowledge and family atmosphere in relation to children's socioemotional behavior Riitta-Leena Metsapelto and Petri Juujarvi; 11. Parental work and children's behavior: the mediator roles of partner relationship and parenthood Ulla Kinnunen and Johanna Rantanen; 12. Grandparents as resource factors in the family Helena Hurme; Part IV. Life Course and Health: 13. Identity formation, personal control over development, and well-being Paivi Fadjukoff and Lea Pulkkinen; 14. Sense of coherence and optimism: a more positive approach to health Taru Feldt, Anne Makikangas and Kaisa Aunola; 15. Unemployment, psychological distress, and education as a resource factor for employment Katja Kokko; 16. Personality, work career and health Mika Kivimaki, Marianna Virtanen, Marko Elovainio and Jussi Vahtera; Summary and future directions Lea Pulkkinen Jaakko Kaprio and Richard J. Rose.