EGDS - NIMH
EGDS-NIMH is a nationwide, prospective study of 561 sets of adoptive families and is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The 361 children from EGDS-School are seen at age 8 years, and the 200 children from EGDS-Phase 2 are seen at age 6 years.
EGDS-NIMH examines the interplay between genetic, prenatal, and postnatal environmental influences on early pathways to conduct, anxiety, and depressive behaviors by interviewing parents about child behavior and symptoms between ages 6 and 8 years. We also interview adoptive parents about their own mental health.
EGDS-NIMH involves a combination of phone and in-person interviews. One parent is interviewed in the home, with the child present, and completes a phone interview. The other parent completes a phone interview. School and teacher data are collected for each child. The sample is located nationwide, and the assessment staff members are based in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and California. The data collected in this project provide a unique opportunity to examine how nature and nurture influence child adjustment through age 8 years.