Interventions During the Life Course, Ages 5 to 19 Years: Conceptual Framework

Authors: Donald Bundy, Sue Horton


This chapter provides a conceptual framework for exploring the processes and inputs that determine the physical, cognitive, and intellectual growth of human beings from conception to adulthood. This task is made particularly difficult by the absence of a holistic academic discipline that provides an overview of this critical phase in the human life course and by the curiously partial approach to studies in this area. Much of the literature on child health stops at age two years, while much of the literature on child education begins from age five years. Public investment in primary education―one of the few public goods that attracts near-universal support―with understanding of the benefits of investments in health, nutrition, or other aspects of child development.