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The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study: overview of the first 40 years, with an eye to the future

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Poulton, R; Moffitt, TE; Silva, PA
Published in: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
May 1, 2015

The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study began more than four decades ago. Unusual at the time, it was founded as a multidisciplinary research enterprise, and was strongly supported by the Dunedin community, both professional and lay, in its early years. Seven research themes have evolved over the past 40 years focusing on mental health and neuro-cognition, cardiovascular risk, respiratory health, oral health, sexual and reproductive health, and psychosocial functioning. A seventh, more applied theme, seeks to maximise the value of the Study findings for New Zealand’s indigenous people—Māori (or tangata whenua transl people of the land). The study has published over 1200 papers and reports to date, with almost 2/3 of these being in peer-reviewed journals. Here we provide an overview of the study, its history, leadership structure, scientific approach, operational foci, and some recent examples of work that illustrate the following: (a) the value of multidisciplinary data; (b) how the study is well positioned to address contemporary issues; and (c) how research can simultaneously address multiple audiences—from researchers and theoreticians to policy makers and practitioners. Near-future research plans are described, and we end by reflecting upon the core aspects of the study that portend future useful contributions.

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Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

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ISSN

0933-7954

Publication Date

May 1, 2015

Volume

50

Issue

5

Start / End Page

679 / 693

Related Subject Headings

  • Psychiatry
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 4206 Public health
  • 4202 Epidemiology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences
 

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Poulton, R., Moffitt, T. E., & Silva, P. A. (2015). The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study: overview of the first 40 years, with an eye to the future. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50(5), 679–693. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-015-1048-8
Poulton, R., T. E. Moffitt, and P. A. Silva. “The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study: overview of the first 40 years, with an eye to the future.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 50, no. 5 (May 1, 2015): 679–93. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-015-1048-8.
Poulton R, Moffitt TE, Silva PA. The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study: overview of the first 40 years, with an eye to the future. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2015 May 1;50(5):679–93.
Poulton, R., et al. “The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study: overview of the first 40 years, with an eye to the future.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, vol. 50, no. 5, May 2015, pp. 679–93. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s00127-015-1048-8.
Poulton R, Moffitt TE, Silva PA. The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study: overview of the first 40 years, with an eye to the future. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2015 May 1;50(5):679–693.
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Published In

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

DOI

ISSN

0933-7954

Publication Date

May 1, 2015

Volume

50

Issue

5

Start / End Page

679 / 693

Related Subject Headings

  • Psychiatry
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 4206 Public health
  • 4202 Epidemiology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences