This project involves the set-up of a cohort of that allows for studying self-regulation strategies over a period of 10 years and examine:
- how the nature and frequency of self-regulation strategies develops during the critical period of young adulthood
- to what extent the employment of self-regulation strategies is affected by environmental (e.g., neighborhood characteristics) and personal (e.g., life events, life transitions) factors
- how such strategies affect health and wellbeing with an emphasis on critical choices about health and wellbeing (e.g., relationships).
The cohort allows to address critical gaps in longitudinal self-regulation research that so far has not addressed the use or development of strategies during young adulthood but instead has only examined the predictive value of fixed childhood self-regulation competence. Recent calls by advisory bodies (Netherlands Health Council, Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy) emphasize the relevance of behavioral knowledge and self-regulation strategies for effective policy making in health and wellbeing in terms of self-reliant citizenship. The cohort forms an essential basis for contributing relevant, novel insights with high theoretical as well as practical value.
Our aim is to study 1000 16-years old young adults over a ten year period, until they are 25 years. A final version of assessments and procedures will be announced as soon as the set-up protocol is completed.
A preliminary overview of assessments includes the following:
- information on demographics (gender, age, education, family composition, family background, SES, social network, neighbourhood)
- health and wellbeing (e.g., diet, physical activity, smoking, (psycho)somatic symptoms, substance abuse, exercise, weight status, satisfaction with life)
- measures relating to life events and critical transitions (e.g. single-parent rearing, credit problems, work status, school diploma).