Born in Bradford’s Age of Wonder cohort: protocol for adolescent data collection

Katy Shires, Alex Newsham, Atif Rahman, Dan Mason, David Ryan, Deborah A. Lawlor, Gail Opio-Te, Hannah Nutting, Jane West, John Pickavance , Josie Dickerson, Kate Pickett, Laura Lennon, Lydia Gunning, Mark Mon-Williams , Sean Smith, Simon Gilbody, Sufyan Dogra, Theresa Walsh, Rosemary McEachanJohn Wright

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Adolescence and transition into adulthood are periods shaping life-long mental health, cardiometabolic risk, and inequalities. However, they are poorly studied and understood. By extending and expanding the Born in Bradford (BiB) cohort study through this period using innovative, co-produced approaches to collect and analyse data, we aim to understand better the interplay of factors that influence health and wellbeing, and inform/evaluate interventions to improve them and reduce inequalities.

BiB Age of Wonder (AoW) is a large, whole city cohort that will capture the contemporary lived experience amongst multi-ethnic adolescents progressing into young adulthood. We will collect repeated data from existing BiB participants and their peers (N~30,000 adolescents). The protocol for the first phase of the quantitative methods, involving survey measurements and health assessments in mainstream secondary schools is described here. We describe the co-production behind these methods, and lessons learned from the first year of data collection.
Original languageEnglish
Article number32
Number of pages12
JournalWellcome Open Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Feb 2024

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© 2024 Shire KA et al.

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