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Tracking opportunities and problems from infancy to adulthood: A 20-year longitudinal study of mental health in children and their families

Awarded: NOK 39,380

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2016 - 2017

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Tracking Opportunities and Problems (henceforth the TOPP study) is a longitudinal study that has followed a community-based sample of nearly 1000 Norwegian children and their families from child age 18 months to age 18 years. Information from questionnaires in 8 waves of data collection, including both children and their mothers and fathers as informants, has accumulated a large databank. The study has provided new knowledge about precursors, development paths and predictors of both good adaptation and mental health problems in both the children and in their parents across development. The data from the on-going TOPP study has formed the basis for 17 large research projects, including 11 PhD projects and six postdoctoral projects. Most of the projects were based on grants from The Norwegian Research Council. These projects have examined a wide range of topics, and have made substantial theoretical and empirical contributions that have been published in high quality peer-reviewed journals specific to their topic area. However, the findings have so far not been presented together. The purpose of this book is to integrate the main research findings from these 17 projects on children and their families, starting with an introduction that discusses the cohesiveness and connection between the other chapters. We aim to make the findings more accessible to professionals, researchers and other relevant readers. Based on the findings, we will also present suggestions on prevention and implementation strategies for mental health in the general population. The chapters will be sent out for peer-reviewing to internationally renowned professors in the relevant research fields of the different chapters. The following peer-reviewers will review the book: Professor Robert Coplan, Carleton University, Canada; Professor Margot Prior, University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor Simon Øverland, University of Bergen, Norway; and Professor Arnstein Mykletun, University of Tromsø.

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