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The Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study (VIHCS): Study design of a preconception cohort from parent adolescence to offspring childhood

Elizabeth Spry, Craig A Olsson, Stephen JC Hearps, Stephanie Aarsman, John B Carlin, Louise M Howard, Margarita Moreno-Betancur, Helena Romaniuk, Lex W Doyle, Stephanie Brown, Rohan Borschmann, Yvette Alway, Carolyn Coffey, George C Patton

Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology | WILEY | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence that parental determinants of offspring early life development begin well before pregnancy. OBJECTIVES: We established the Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study (VIHCS) to examine the contributions of parental mental health, substance use, and socio-economic characteristics before pregnancy to child emotional, physical, social, and cognitive development. POPULATION: Men and women were recruited from the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort (VAHCS), an existing cohort study beginning in 1992 that assessed a representative sample of 1943 secondary school students in Victoria, Australia, repeatedly from adolescence (wave 1, mean age 14 years) to ..

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