The youth population of four PERSIAN Cohort sites, Fasa, Ravansar, Rafsanjan and Sari will be invited to participate in the Youth Cohort Study, with a primary focus on mental health and substance use in that population. The Youth Cohort will include 12000 individuals of all genders.
General Objectives of the Cohort are as followes:
- To determine the annual incidence of common psychiatric disorders in Iranian youth population
- To determine the risk and protective factors for the incidence of common psychiatric disorders
- To determine the course and outcomes of common psychiatric disorders
Update on Fasa youth cohort study:
After the recruitment of 3000 people from rural and Township inhabitants of the territory, the follow-up phase began on 17 May 2016.
)At this follow-up time, all people were recruited again for face-to-face mental status evaluation interviews and a structured evaluation of the 4 main targets of the youth cohort study ( MDD, GAD, OCD, Addiction ).
1500 villagers and 1500 citizens of the town were asked to come again in this phase and besides routine mental status examination, some extra workups like electrocardiography and body composition were evaluated.
In May 2019 there have been about 3000 followed-up people at the cohort. The central string committee supervises daily all the details of the incorporation of the data into the electronic file of every single man or woman in the cohort.