The Northern Swedish Cohort (NoSCo)

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Description:

In 1981 a longitudinal study began that includes all pupils who attended or should have attended the last year of compulsory school in the municipality of Luleå. The population consists of 1083 pupils (506 girls and 577 boys) and this group has since been followed by repeated questionnaires, but also through personal meetings, interviews, blood pressure measurements and other Health examinations. The main purpose of the survey was to study the social and medical consequences such as unemployment leads among these young people, who find themselves in the joint between school, training and employment.

The questionnaire consisted of around 90 validated questions regarding social background, work situation, health, family situation, leisure time etc. The questionnaire was almost identical at all investigations. The cohort has been investigated with a comprehensive questionnaire — in 1981 (age 16 years), 1983 (age 18 years), 1986 (age 21 years), 1995 (age 30 years) and 2008 (age 43 years). Clinical measurements were performed in 1981, 1986 and 2008 and interviews were performed with key persons

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Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Identifiers:

SND-ID: EXT 0268

Purpose:

Initially, the overall objective of the research programme was to analyse the significance of unemployment in relation to mental health in adolescence for well-being and health status into adult age.

Description:

In 1981 a longitudinal study began that includes all pupils who attended or should have attended the last year of compulsory school in the municipality of Luleå. The population consists of 1083 pupils (506 girls and 577 boys) and this group has since been followed by repeated questionnaires, but also through personal meetings, interviews, blood pressure measurements and other Health examinations. The main purpose of the survey was to study the social and medical consequences such as unemployment leads among these young people, who find themselves in the joint between school, training and employment.

The questionnaire consisted of around 90 validated questions regarding social background, work situation, health, family situation, leisure time etc. The questionnaire was almost identical at all investigations. The cohort has been investigated with a comprehensive questionnaire — in 1981 (age 16 years), 1983 (age 18 years), 1986 (age 21 years), 1995 (age 30 years) and 2008 (age 43 years). Clinical measurements were performed in 1981, 1986 and 2008 and interviews were performed with key persons

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Time period(s) investigated:

1981 — 2007

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Luleå Municipality

Lowest geographic unit:

Municipality

Highest geographic unit:

Municipality

Unit of analysis:

Population:

Pupils in the municipality of Luleå who attended the last year of compulsory school in 1981

Sampling procedure:

Total universe/Complete enumeration
includes all pupils who attended or should have attended the last year of compulsory school in the municipality of Luleå. The population consists of 1083 pupils (506 girls and 577 boys) and this group has since been followed by repeated questionnaires: in 1981 (age 16 years), 1983 (age 18 years), 1986 (age 21 years), 1995 (age 30 years) and 2008 (age 43 years). Clinical measurements were performed in 1981, 1986 and 2008 and interviews were performed with key persons, such as the school nurses in 1981 and with the form teachers in 1981 and 1983. The subsample with early unemployed participants has been followed up with personal interviews since autumn 1981.

Dataset EXT 0268-001

The Northern Swedish Cohort (NoSCo) 1981

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

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Data collection:

Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire

Time period(s) for data collection: 1981

Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Medical/Clinical, Population group

Dataset EXT 0268-002

The Northern Swedish Cohort (NoSCo) 1983

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

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Data collection:

Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire

Time period(s) for data collection: 1983

Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Medical/Clinical, Population group

Dataset EXT 0268-003

The Northern Swedish Cohort (NoSCo) 1986

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

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Data collection:

Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire

Time period(s) for data collection: 1986

Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Medical/Clinical, Population group

Dataset EXT 0268-004

The Northern Swedish Cohort (NoSCo) 1995

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

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Data collection:

Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire

Time period(s) for data collection: 1995

Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Medical/Clinical, Population group

Dataset EXT 0268-005

The Northern Swedish Cohort (NoSCo) 2007

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

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Data collection:

Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire

Time period(s) for data collection: 2007

Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Medical/Clinical, Population group