Research group for public mental health

Establishing the Norwegian Triple-S Cohort Study

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Being exposed to traumatic events in childhood is widespread, and associated with both short-term and long-term health problems. The project aims to establish a longitudinal health survey of children and adolescents with adverse childhood experiences, as well as their parents. The project will contribute to developing knowledge about the risk factors and consequences of adverse childhood experiences. The data will stem from children and adolescents exposed to abuse recruited from the Stine Sofie Resource and Mastering Center. Participants’ responses will be linked to a number of relevant national registries to study how adverse childhood experiences is related to later health, daily functioning, level of education and work-life connection. The goal is to recruit around 3000 children and their families over a period of 5 years.

There also seems to be a social gradient when it comes to who experiences violence and abuse in childhood. Increased knowledge of this vulnerable group may contribute to the development of measures that can help reduce the incidence of such stressful events and equalize social differences. Such knowledge will also be of interest to sectors of society other than public health; including health care, justice, child welfare, municipal health services, etc.

The project is a collaborative project between the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Stine Sofies Foundation, with involved professionals from UiB, NKVTS and user representatives from relevant organizations.