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Theme 1: - Lifecourse and Health

from Section 1 - Psychological Aspects of Health and Illness

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2019

Carrie D. Llewellyn
University of Sussex
Susan Ayers
City, University of London
Chris McManus
University College London
Stanton Newman
City, University of London
Keith J. Petrie
University of Auckland
Tracey A. Revenson
City University of New York
John Weinman
King's College London
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