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The Swiss Preschoolers' Health Study (SPLASHY): Objectives and design of a prospective multi-site cohort study assessing psychological and physiological health in young children

Messerli-Bürgy, Nadine and Kakebeekem, Tanja H. and Arhab, Amar and Stülb, Kerstin and Zysset, Annina and Leeger-Aschmann, Claudia S. and Schmutz, Einat A. and Fares, Fady and Meyer, Andrea Hans and Munsch, Simone and Kriemler, Susi and Jenni, Oskar G. and Puder, Jardena J.. (2016) The Swiss Preschoolers' Health Study (SPLASHY): Objectives and design of a prospective multi-site cohort study assessing psychological and physiological health in young children. BMC pediatrics, 16. p. 85.

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Abstract

Background: Children’s psychological and physiological health can be summarized as the child’s thinking, feeling, behaving, eating, growing, and moving. Children’s psychological and physiological health conditions are influenced by today’s life challenges: Thus, stress exposure and lack of physical activity represent important health challenges in older children. However, corresponding evidence for young children is scarce. The aim of Swiss Preschoolers’ Health Study (SPLASHY) is to examine the role of stress and physical activity on children’s psychological and physiological health, particularly on cognitive functioning, psychological well-being, adiposity and motor skills in children at an early stage of childhood. We will also assess the role of child and environmental characteristics and aim to define sensitive time points.
Methods/design: In a total of 84 child care centers, children at preschool age (2–6 years) are recruited and are assessed immediately and one year later. Assessments include direct measurements of the children in the child care centers and at home as well as assessments of children’s behavior and environmental factors through informants (parents and child care educators).
Discussion: SPLASHY is one of the first studies in early childhood aiming to investigate the influence of stress and physical activity on children’s psychological and physiological health in a community-based longitudinal design.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Andrea Hans
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:BioMed Central
e-ISSN:1471-2431
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:30 Aug 2016 06:13
Deposited On:30 Aug 2016 06:12

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