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LIFECOURSE Report Summary

Project ID: 647860
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - LIFECOURSE (A MULTILEVEL ANALYSIS ON THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON BIOLOGY, EMOTIONS AND BEHAVIOUR THROUGHOUT CHILDHOOD)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The Lifecourse project is conducted in Iceland. The main aims of the project are to assess the long-term impact of stressful life events in children on their lives as they develop through adolescence.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Data for the project is an amalgamation of official registry sources from several centralized health registries in Iceland, the Educational Testing Institute, and the Statistical Bureau. The registry data sources are then supplemented with both survey data and bio-samples from participants. Two cohorts of children participate in the project; the 2000 birth cohort born in the city of Reykjavik, and the entire 2004 cohort born in Iceland. So far, data has been successfully assembled for the 2000 cohort from both registry sources and social survey material with 1,151 participants.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

To date, data analyses have resulted in two accepted scientific publications, both currently in press. The first paper concerns the theoretical and practical underlying prerequisites and objectives for the model, the latter is data driven and concerns the accumulation of stress through the early life and how it negatively impacts academic output in children at the age of 10 and 13. Additionally, a third paper which concerns a particular type of stressor, namely maternal smoking during pregnancy, and later academic output by the offspring, has now received a “revised to resubmit” status in an academic journal, with expected acceptance and subsequent publication in the coming 2-3 months. Several additional papers are in various stages of development from the first cohort data, including ones focusing on depressed affect, maternal smoking, and sibling order.
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