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Youth, Education, and Society (YES) Study

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Lloyd Johnston, Philippa J. Clarke, Patrick M. O'Malley, John E. Schulenberg, Natalie Colabianchi

Youth, Education, and Society (YES) is the U-M component of a multi-institution collaborative initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that began in November 1997. The other institution collaborating in the initiative, which is entitled Bridging the Gap, is the University of Illinois at Chicago. This proposal is to continue the work of the YES study component from November 1, 2008 through October 31, 2012. The primary purposes of the research effort remain to assess and evaluate the impact of a range of policies, programs, and practices at the school, community, and state levels on adolescent obesity and to a lesser degree on adolescent substance use. The U-M team will continue to do the following: (1) collect data from school administrators in the national replicate half-sample of about 200 schools cycling out of the Monitoring the Future sample each year, (2) continue to conduct a parallel annual national survey of school administrators in a panel of about 500 secondary schools which already have participated twice in the study, (3) build and maintain additional files of MTF and YES data for analysis by all collaborators, (4) provide analytic support to collaborating partners in the initiative in order to give them analytic access to restricted MTF student and school files, (5) conduct a number of analyses ourselves, as well as in collaboration with the partners, that will lead to publications on a range of topics, (6) specifically produce an annual monograph of trends in many conditions in American secondary schools hypothesized to affect obesity among their students, and (7) examine factors contributing to childhood obesity, in particular, as measured by the body mass index generated by the MTF data. The renewal will carry funds for a new, full-time member of the primary research staff with expertise in childhood obesity and for supporting one post-doc each year.



This proposal combines the work that was previously covered under two separate grants from the Foundation. At the request of the Foundation, the narrative of the proposal is an integrated presentation of the entire Bridging the Gap collaborative effort. Therefore, it is co-authored by Lloyd Johnston, the PI of YES, and Frank Chaloupka at UIC and the PI of the other component. Separate budgets and budget justifications for the two institutions are given in the proposal and the responsibilities of the respective institutions are made clear.

Funding Period: 11/15/2008 to 12/31/2013

Country of Focus: USA

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