GLEN H. ELDER, JR., is Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Research Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After completing his doctorate at Chapel Hill, he served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley and Cornell University. With a Senior Scientist Award from NIMH, he is continuing his longitudinal research on social change in the life course and mental health.
Economic Stress in Lives: Developmental Perspectives
Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
1988 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 44, Issue 4, pages 25–45, Winter 1988
How to Cite
Elder, G. H. and Caspi, A. (1988), Economic Stress in Lives: Developmental Perspectives. Journal of Social Issues, 44: 25–45. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1988.tb02090.x
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
A major task for research on the social costs of economic stress is to trace how macrosocial changes affect increasingly smaller social units and ultimately those microsocial phenomena that directly influence children in their families. In this paper, we specify linkages between macroeconomic change and children's development by tracing deprivational effects through family adaptations in the household economy and in personal relationships. Our findings from research on children and families of the Great Depression are discussed in relation to an interactional model of the process by which families adapt to stressful times.