In this section
The 2000 Stories project (Victorian
Adolescent Health Cohort Study – VAHCS) is a landmark longitudinal study
spanning over 26 years. The project began in 1992, when a group of
approximately 2000 Year 9 students (14-15 years of age) were selected to
participate. To date, participants have completed six interviews at school age
(from Years 9 - 12), and 4 interviews in adulthood (aged around 21, 24, 29 and
35). Over 75% of the original cohort participated in the most recent interview.
1030 children from 666 of the original 2000 Stories
participants were also recruited between 2006 and 2013 to participate in the Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study
(VIHCS). This is one of the first prospective multi-generational studies in
the world to look at how a parent’s lifestyle, health and behaviour before
pregnancy (including adolescence and young adulthood), as well as during and
after pregnancy, might influence their child’s health and development. Since
2015, the study has followed up with the families that participated when their
children were babies, and they are now being contacted as their child turns 8
years old to learn about their health and wellbeing as they grow up.
VAHCS includes collaboration with University of Queensland -
Centre for Youth Substance Abuse, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre,
University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social
Research, University of Bristol, University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of
Population and Global Health, University of Otago and the Cannabis Cohorts
VIHCS includes collaboration with University of Melbourne -
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Deakin University - School of
Psychology, University of Tasmania - Menzies Institute for Medical Research and
the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.
The Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study was
awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant to
conduct the 8 year follow up of children in the family study.
Funding is currently being sought for the next round of
interviews as participants of the Victorian Adolescent health Cohort Study
reach their early 40s.
Olsson, C. A., Romaniuk, H., Salinger, J., Staiger, P. K.,
Bonomo, Y., Hulbert, C., & Patton, G. C. (2016). Drinking patterns of
adolescents who develop alcohol use disorders: results from the Victorian
Adolescent Health Cohort Study. BMJ open, 6(2),
e010455. Retrieved from:
Patton, G. C., Romaniuk, H., Spry, E., Coffey, C., Olsson,
C., Doyle, L. W., ... & Brown, S. (2015). Prediction of perinatal
depression from adolescence and before conception (VIHCS): 20-year prospective
cohort study. The Lancet, 386(9996), 875-883.
Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62248-0
R., Becker, D., Coffey, C., Spry, E., Moreno-Betancur, M., Moran, P., &
Patton, G. C. (2017). 20-year outcomes in adolescents who self-harm: a
population-based cohort study. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 1(3),
195-202. Retrieved from:
Spry, E., Giallo, R., Moreno-Betancur,
M., Macdonald, J., Becker, D., Borschmann, R., ... & Olsson, C. A. (2018).
Preconception prediction of expectant fathers' mental health: 20-year cohort
study from adolescence. BJPsych Open, 4(2), 58-60.
Further information on can be found on the 2000 Stories website.
You can also follow 2000 Stories on Facebook.