The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) is a longitudinal study of a nationall representative sample of more than 20,000 adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States in 1994-95 who hav been followed through adolescence and the transition to adulthood with three in-home interviews. In thi application for a continuation of the Add Health Program Project, we propose to conduct a fourth follow-u interview with the Add Health cohort in 2007-08 when survey respondents will be aged 24-32, and propose a se of analysis subprojects that represents an interdisciplinary research program en titled """"""""Add Health Wave IV: Social Behavioral, and Biological Linkages."""""""" The scientific purpose of our Research Program is to study developmenta and health trajectories across the life course of adolescence into young adulthood using an integrative approach tha combines social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences in its research objectives, design, data collection, and analysis In Wave IV we will collect longitudinal survey data on the social, economic, psychological, and healt circumstances of our respondents, longitudinal geographic data, and new biological data to capture the prevailin health concerns of our Add Health cohort as well as biological markers of future chronic health conditions. W employ innovations in the collection of biological measures in a field setting on a large national sample that ar both practical and ground-breaking. The combination of longitudinal social, behavioral, and environmental dat with new biological data will expand the breadth of research questions that can be addressed in Add Health. Usin an integrative life course theoretical framework, Program Project investigators have proposed significant ne research on predisease pathways, gene-environment interactions, the relationship between personal ties and health factors that contribute to resilience and wellness, the development of healthy relationships, and environmenta sources of health disparities. With Wave IV, Add Health will provide the research community with a broad ne set of opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary science, influence social and health policy, and improve the healt and well-being of young people.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
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