Grant: $72,631 - National Institutes of Health - May. 29, 2009
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Award Description: Over 17% of U.S. adolescents are considered overweight. The proposed study will advance our understanding of the dynamic relationship of overweight status and psychosocial adjustment problems during the period of pubertal transition, which will have important public health implications for improving the physical development and mental well-being of adolescents.
Project Description: During the first quarter of funding, we have received IRB approval from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Susman (Co-PI) helped in the transmission of the most updated Phase IV SECCYD data. All data have been stored in Dr. Xie (PI)’s office computer and password-protected. Consistent with the ARRA initiative, a Graduate Research Assistant (.25FTE) has been hired to assist in this project. Supervised by Dr. Xie (PI), the graduate research assistant, Cindy Lin, has helped in organizing documents of study description and instruments in Phase I to Phase IV downloaded from the NICHD SECCYD website, and also assisted in the literature search and review. The position helps in deflecting tuition costs and provides an opportunity for this MPH student to learn about behavioral epidemiological implications of obesity and mental health in adolescents. In addition, we also have reviewed the literature relevant to statistical modeling of the trajectory patterns on BMI, depression, externalizing and internalizing behavior problems as well as smoking and alcohol. Finally, we also applied the multivariate 'Curves of the Factor Latent Growth Curve Models to describe the co-occurrence of several symptoms of psychological distress in another data source and linked the growth trajectories to overweight status and weight perception in adolescents. The manuscript has been submitted to the American Journal of Health Behavior (listed below). This analysis work lays a solid methodological groundwork for the advanced trajectory analyses, which will be used in the remainder of the project, to further examine the growth patterns of co-occurrence of psychosocial behavioral problems and their dynamic relations to BMI and overweight status. The considerable efforts on preparation work on the dataset, instrument documentation, and statistical methodology are crucial to meet the aims of the project and greatly benefit the current research by providing solid and useful instructions and directions.
Infrastructure Description: N/A
Jobs Summary: Prime Recipient created a Research Assistant .25 FTE Prime recipent retained Research Asst Professor .20FTE (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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