Introduction

If you have taken part before we would like to invite you to participate again in our third follow-up!

The teenage mind is largely unexplored and we want to study it in order to better understand mental health.

Mental health problems affect more than 25% of the general population at some point during their life-time. Up to 75% of mental health problems that a person will experience in their lifetime occur before the age of 24, with 2 of every 10 children and adolescents experiencing mental or behavioral problems. This suggests that adolescence and young adulthood are critical periods for the development of mental illness. Increasing our understanding of changes within this period may give us a greater insight into what factors are linked to mental illness.

The Third Follow-Up

We are now preparing for the third follow-up phase of our research, which is due to commence in 2016.

The data collected at this assessment will allow us to examine how you have changed from 14 to 22 years old. This will enable us to see how your current and previous attitudes and behaviour are linked. Longitudinal studies such as IMAGEN are crucial as we can examine directly how a person and their brain changes as they develop, and allow us to isolate what directly causes and mediates these changes. This is what makes the IMAGEN Study so unique among other studies that study behavior in young people.

We are asking you to complete online questionnaires and we are also bringing back the institute assessment in this follow up. We will be inviting you to take part in another MRI scan, to complete some computer tasks and to give a small sample of blood

To read more on what is involved in our third follow-up go to our ‘Taking Part’ Page.

Assessment includes:

  • Brain scans
  • Self-report questionnaires completed on a computer
  • Face-to-Face assessments and interviews with an IMAGEN researcher
  • Blood and saliva sampling for genetic analyses

Enrolment

We would very much like you to enrol in the project in your own right. If you would like to join in again, please visit our Contact page and our Research staff will happily answer any questions you have.

You will be contributing to one of the largest imaging-genetics projects along with hundreds of other young people. We hope that the results from this study also go on to contribute to various fields of behavioural neuroscience such as medicine, psychology, and biology.

We look forward to having you as part of our study again!