Risk Factors: Stressors in the Life Course

  • Klaus Hurrelmann


In this chapter, I will systematically pursue the search for possible “risk factors,” for the likely causes and conditions of different types of disorders. In its modern version, the term “risk factor” was developed in the area of stress research. In contrast to the concept of “cause” it takes into account the fact that it is not always possible to find one specific explanation for the appearance of the chronic disease typical of our time. Usually, no specific isolated source can be identified as the cause of illness, which could be treated with appropriate medication or surgery (Kaplan 1983).


Tobacco Consumption Child Rear Daycare Center Downward Mobility Physical Disorder 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus Hurrelmann
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  1. 1.Universität BielefeldBielefeldDeutschland

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