The Covid-19 pandemic is shaking assumptions about the human life course in societies around the world. A group of 18 international researchers, including Professor Pearl Dykstra from Erasmus University Rotterdam, draw on their collective expertise to illustrate how a life course perspective can make critical contributions to understanding the pandemic’s effects on individuals, families, and populations.
In their essay, they explore the pandemic’s implications for the human life course and the organization of and experience with central domains like health, personal control and planning, social relationships and family, education, work and careers, and migration and mobility. They consider both the life course implications of being infected by the Covid-19 virus or being attached to someone who has; and being affected by the pandemic’s social, economic, cultural, and psychological consequences.
It is their goal to offer some programmatic observations on which life course research and policies can build as the pandemic’s short- and long-term consequences unfold.