Table 1: Project data description table

Project name MITR – The early predictors of a healthy adolescence: A community cohort study in Goa, India
Objective To describe the predictors of a risk-free healthy adolescence and the outcome of an unhealthy adolescence.
Dates March 2002 to June 2005
Principal Investigator Prof Vikram Patel
Sites Urban – Margao city in Salcette taluka, south Goa

Rural – Areas in the Quepem taluka, south Goa

Study Design A community cohort study
Sample Description 4 randomly selected rural clusters (from sampling frame of 8) and 6 randomly selected urban clusters (from sampling frame of 16). The sample consisted of all 12 to 16 year olds residing in selected clusters and their parents
Recruitment (number of participants) 2054 adolescents; 1059 rural and 995 urban

1289 parents; 695 rural and 594 urban

Follow up 1784 after 18 months (86.8% review rate).

137 parents after 18 months

Codebook available ( Yes or No) Yes
List of instruments used
  1. Strength and Difficulty Questionnaire
  2. Development and Well Being Assessment
  3. Survey questionnaire with wide range of other data (see below)
Database type (e.g. Excel 2003, SPSS 16) Excel


Database description (briefly describe the variables provided in the database) Adolescent interview

    • Socio economic and demographic information
    • Education and educational difficulties
    • Work/job
    • Leisure
    • Neighborhood
    • General Health & Sexual health
    • Appearance (Body image)
    • Source of information, knowledge and attitude –sexual health
    • Sexual history
    • Peer relationships
    • Parental relationships
    • Substance abuse, gambling
    • Violence
    • Psychopathology (SDQ and DAWBA)


Parent interview

  • Socio economic and demographic
  • General Health
  • Alcohol & tobacco use
  • Marital history
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Knowledge attitude and practice (adolescent sexual health)
Funder World Health Organization