Toward a life course framework for studying vulnerability

TitleToward a life course framework for studying vulnerability
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSpini, D, Bernardi, L, Oris, M
JournalResearch in Human Development
Volume14
Issue1
Pagination5-25
Abstract

Interest in the study of vulnerability has experienced impressive growth across various disciplines. To contribute to this major but scattered development in the study of vulnerability, this article argues for a multidisciplinary life-course framework. This framework promotes a systemic and dynamic perspective focused on three complementary research directions: multidimensional, multilevel, and multidirectional. On the basis of this life course perspective, the authors also propose a definition of vulnerability as a dynamic process of stress and resources across various domains of life (i.e., work, family, health, migration, etc.), levels (i.e., person, group, collective), and time (i.e., long-term processes).

DOI10.1080/15427609.2016.1268892
Citation Key3096
Refereed DesignationRefereed