ERIC Number: ED468468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Rethinking Social Policy for an Aging Workforce and Society: Insights from the Life Course Perspective. CPRN Discussion Paper.
Marshall, Victor W.; Mueller, Margaret M.
Canadian population trends were examined from a life course perspective to identify needed social policy changes. First, the following principles underpinning the life course perspective were discussed: (1) aging involves biological, psychological, and social processes; (2) human development and aging are lifelong processes; (3) individuals' and cohorts' life courses are embedded in and shaped by historical time and place; (4) the antecedents and consequences of life transitions and events vary according to their timing in a person's life; (5) lives are lived interdependently; and (6) individuals construct their own life courses through the choices and actions they take within the opportunities and constraints of history and social circumstances. Next, the following policy domains were analyzed from the life course perspective: (1) education, the transition to employment, and lifelong learning; (2) family and the relationship between work and family; (3) work-to-retirement transitions; (4) income security in the later years; and (5) intergenerational relations and social cohesion. It was recommended that Canadian policymakers responsible for public, corporate, union, and educational policy focus on the increasing inequality that develops over the life course, avoid the error of assuming a model life course, and move toward consideration of need rather than age. (Contains 166 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Day Care, Age Differences, Age Groups, Aging (Individuals), Career Development, Child Care, Definitions, Educational Policy, Employment Practices, Family Caregivers, Family Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, Geriatrics, Income, Individual Development, Labor Force Development, Life Events, Literature Reviews, Older Adults, Policy Formation, Population Trends, Position Papers, Research Design, Retirement, Retirement Benefits, Social Change, Social Environment, Social Science Research, Theory Practice Relationship
For full text: http://www.cprn.com/docs/work/rspa_e.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada