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Christchurch Health and Development Study

Christchurch Health and Development Study group photoLeft to right: Grace Walker, Geri McLeod, Martin Kennedy, Bridget Kinnersley, John Horwood, Janet Spittlehouse, Joe Boden, Bhuban Dhakal, James Foulds
Not pictured: Emeritus Professor David M. Fergusson

The Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) has been in existence for 40 years. During this time we have followed the health, education and life progress of a group of 1,265 children born in the Christchurch (New Zealand) urban region during mid-1977.

This cohort has now been studied from infancy into childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The data gathered over the course of the study now comprises some 50 million characters of information, with which the study has published over 480 scientific papers, reports, books and book chapters describing the 40-year life history of the Christchurch Health and Development Study cohort.

We have recently started interviewing the Christchurch Health and Development Study participants for their 40 year assessment.

Calling all participants!

As many of you know, we are currently working through our 40 year data collection. As part of this, we are also hoping to find people who did not participate in the 35 year (or earlier) interviews to see if they would like to come back into the Study.

It has been a common misconception that once you miss an assessment, you can no longer take part in the Study, but that is definitely *not* the case! So, if you know of anyone who is part of the Study and who hasn't been interviewed recently, but would perhaps like to come back, please point them in our direction (or point us in their direction).

We would love to have anyone back who would like to be a part of the Christchurch Health and Development Study again!


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