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Public Health Insights: Setting the Stage for Good Health
September 23 @ 8:50 am – 10:50 am CDT
How can we promote good health and well-being in children and adolescents? Identifying these factors is the main aim of the Trondheim Early Secure Study, a longitudinal cohort study conducted in Norway. Capturing mental health, psychosocial development, and health behavior, we have biennially and thoroughly assessed nearly a thousand participants and their parents and teachers since the children were 4 years of age. The 8th wave of data collection is ongoing (age 18). In the presentation, an overview of findings related to eating behavior, physical activity and sleep will be presented. Factors predicting such health behavior will be discussed, as will relevant outcomes of these behaviors.
Silje Steinsbekk, Ph.D., is professor in clinical child and adolescent psychology, and co-PI of the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS). TESS started in 2007 and comprises a sample of 1,250 children drawn from the 2003 and 2004 birth cohorts and their parents in Trondheim, Norway. In depth data (interviews, questionnaires, tests, and observations) has been collected every second year since the children were 4 years old—from participants, parents and teachers. The eight datawave started in February 2022, the participants now being 18 years old. The goal of the study is to determine the prevalence and course of common mental health problems, and to detail potential etiological factors. The TESS also aims to describe children’s typical development and determinants of individual differences in different aspects of development, such as personality, attachment, parent-child relationships, social and academic competence, self-concept, behavioral and emotional regulation, sexuality, cognition, physical activity, eating, sleep, internet gaming and social media use. Steinsbekk’s main research areas are development of health behavior, weight, mental health and social media use.