Young Adulthood

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2013 - 2015 Young Adulthood

Young adulthood is a time of change. It is a time when people leave school and often move out of the family home. It is also an age where concerns about health, particularly mental health, are high but people do not engage with health services and health information remains sparse. Participants of both the TEC and ABC study underwent a comprehensive health assessment when they were aged 22-27 years. Once again the research team lead by Associate Professor Gurmeet Singh visited over 40 urban and remote communities and outstations across the NT.

People

Dr Gurmeet Singh, Belinda Davison, Joseph Fitz, Jennifer Goodall, Sarah Whalan, Katie Montgomery-Quin, Methinee Intarapanya, Evan McRobb and Laura Bell made up the core research group. 

Data collected

The same core data including body size, shape and composition, cardiovascular measures and renal function, emotional status and lifestyle factors were once again assessed. These were expanded upon in this wave to include additonal inflamatory markers, respiratory function and additional lifestyle markers such as major life events and stress biomarkers. 

Following the mandatory fortification of iodized salt in bread in 2009, repeat urine iodine levels were assessed to ascertain the impact this national intervention had on the iodine status of young people in the Top End. 

Findings

459 of the original cohort were seen at mean age 25 years.

Majority of peole were in the healthy weight range.

The low prevalence of chronic disease markers in young adulthood suggests that there is still a window of opportunity beyond childhood to target interventions aimed at reducing the high burden of chronic disease in this high risk population. 

People involved in this study

Associate Professor Gurmeet Singh
Senior Research Fellow and Director of Life Course Program
Jennifer Goodall
Project Officer
Joseph Fitz
Project Officer
Kathleen Montgomery-Quin
Research Assistant

Related publications

Year Study Citation View
2010
Aboriginal Birth Cohort

Sayers S, Mott S, Singh G. Fetal growth restriction and 18-year growth and nutritional status: Aboriginal birth cohort 1987-2007. Am J Hum Biol. 2010 Dec 22.

2009
Aboriginal Birth Cohort

Singh GR. Glomerulonephritis and managing the risks of chronic renal disease. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Dec;56(6):1363-82.

2009
Aboriginal Birth Cohort

Sayers S, Singh G, Mott S, McDonnell J, Hoy W. Relationships between birthweight and biomarkers of chronic disease in childhood: Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study 1987-2001. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2009 Nov;23(6):548-56.

 

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