The Life History Research Society
The Life History Research Society is an informal, multi-disciplinary group of scholars who are pursuing prospective longitudinal research examining various aspects of human development.
The unifying theme of this society is the longitudinal research approach: the study of human development across time. Studies range from examining a population over the course of a year to multi-generational studies examining relationships between grandparents, parents, and their children.
The focus of the longitudinal programs of research varies widely, from delinquency and criminality to various psychosocial (i.e., happiness, financial autonomy), life-transition (i.e., puberty, retirement, etc.), and health-related outcomes (i.e., internalizing behaviours).
The society has been having meetings for over three decades at 18-24 month intervals at different international venues.
The objectives of these conferences are to:
- share information that will advance the study of human development and influence the next generation of longitudinal studies,
- promote multidisciplinary research and interdisciplinary dialogue/collaboration around a common theme (longitudinal research),
- foster communication between senior and junior researchers, and researchers and students.