PERSIAN Youth Cohort
The youth population (aged 15-34 years) of three PERSIAN Cohort sites, Fasa, Ravansar, and Rafsanjan are invited to participate in the Youth Cohort, with a primary focus on mental health and substance use in that population. The PERSIAN Youth Cohort aims to include 9000 individuals of both genders.
: General Objectives of the Cohort are as followed
To determine the annual incidence of common psychiatric disorders, psychosocial conditions and injuries in a population-based cohort in Iran.
To determine the risk and protective factors for the annual incidence of common psychiatric disorders, psychosocial conditions and injuries.
To determine the course and outcomes of common psychiatric disorder.
To determine the risk and protective factors for the course and outcomes of common psychiatric disorders.
: The main outcomes of interest of the PERSIAN Youth Cohort include
Incidence of common psychiatric disorders.
Initiation of alcohol and drug use.
Incidence of traffic and non-traffic injuries.
Hospitalization for mental illness.
Course of mental disorder: chronicity, relapse, remission, and hospitalization.
Investigators in the PERSIAN Youth Cohort (Tehran Team)
Afarin Rahimi-Movaghar, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry, Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Co-Principal Investigators (in alphabetic order)
Masoumeh Amin-Esmaeili, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Ahmad Hajebi, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Tehran Psychiatric Institute, Iran University of Medical Sciences
General Director, Bureau for Psycho-social Health, Ministry of Health
Abbas Motevalian, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of epidemiology, Iran University of Medical Sciences
Ramin Mojtabai, MD, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Hossein Poustchi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Deputy of Education, Digestive Diseases Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Vandad Sharifi, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Leila Hosseini, BSc
Researcher, Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Enrollment of the PERSIAN Youth Cohort (PYC) started in April 2015 in Ravansar (Kermanshah), May 2015 in Fasa (Fars), and January 2017 in Rafsanjan (Kerman).
Active follow up and telephone interview will be done annually for mental health status, mental health service utilization, hospitalization, suicide attempt and death. First follow-up by telephone interview started in April 2016. Face-to-face comprehensive interviews will be conducted every 2 years.