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Childhood Cognitive Antecedents of Adult Psychopathology: Follow-up of the Port Pirie Lead Cohort into Adulthood [ 2007 - 2009 ]

Also known as: Cognitive Predictors of Adult Psychopathology

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/453563]

Researchers: Prof Alexander Mcfarlane (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Peter Baghurst Prof Cherrie Galletly Prof Michael Sawyer Prof Malcolm Sim

Brief description The role of childhood factors in the development of adult psychiatric disorder is an important public health concern. Indvividuals identified before birth and followed across the life course offer the most powerful means of establishing predictors for particular types of psychiatric disorder. Not only do these studies enable researchers to more clearly determine the exact age of onset of disorder but they also give us insight into the background and hence possible risk factors that may have lead to the development of that disorder. Early identification of disorder can significantly reduce public health cost and reduce the burden on the community by enabling individuals to get help before their symptoms become too severe and unmanageable. Few long-term studies have investigated the combined role of pre-natal, developmental, parental characteristics, biological and childhood cognitive risk factors in the development of adult psychiatric dysfunction. Even fewer studies have examinined this interrelationship in a group of individuals who have been exposed to an environmental toxin such as lead. This study will follow-up 723 adults from the lead smelting city of Port Pirie who were originally recruited between 1979 and 1982. All adults were exposed to lead to some degree in childhood and have been followed over various time points over the course their lives. This project will be conducted 27 years since they were first involved, and will hence be one of the longest studies to be conducted in this field. The extensive information already collected on this group of individuals will enable us to create a very comprehensive picture of risk and protective factors for various types of adult disorder.

Funding Amount $AUD 587,263.30

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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