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The first ABCD children are now 11 years old and will start with the last year on primary school after the summer holidays. To monitor the development of the ABCD children, we want to start with a new data collection. This will be phase 4 of the ABCD study. Some things will change from phase 3, the measurement done at the age of 5-6 years. We will now also ask the children themselves to fill in a questionnaire. This allows us to learn how children think about, for example, playing outside, eating habits and rules on internet use. Mothers will still receive a questionnaire and this time fathers will also be asked how they think about parenting, household rules and how physically active they are. With this information we can learn more about the development of the ABCD-children and about the differences between families.
Fortunately, the AMC will continue the study on its own. Therefore the ABCD-study continues to exist. Also, the GGD will stay involved in projects related to Child Health Care practice, such as research related to the development of childhood overweight.
The ABCD study follows the current trends and therefore the questionnaires for this phase will be completed online, as often as possible. This will also allow us to do some behavioural tests with the children, which are developed by the ADAPT group of the developmental psychology department of the University of Amsterdam. Additionally, with IRAS , we will continue research on the field of electro-magnetic radiation. We will also collect data on the health of the children via the last contact time with youth health care.
Finally, we will cooperate with the Sarphati Institute to conduct more research on obesity and its consequences at a young age. After the summer holidays we will start with the preparations for phase 4.