Welcome to the Center for Life Course and Longitudinal Studies!

The Center for Life Course and Longitudinal Studies (C2LS) was established to foster the development of research and scholarship at Penn State University in the study of the life course. The mission of the C2LS is to focus on the nature and determinants of human life transitions and processes in the unfolding of lives, including the study of age-related development as a social process and the consideration of multiple interdependent environmental influences on individual change. The life course perspective assumes that these developmental transitions and processes occur across the entire life span (from conception to death) and are embedded in social institutions and subject to historical variation and change.

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