Alcohol and Tobacco Prevalence and Cessation in the National Children’s Study
Posted by Peter Gilbertson on Nov. 12, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
The National Children’s Study collected health data on over 5,400 birth families from prenatal up to early childhood (age 5). That data and samples from these participants is available in the NCS Archive. The report, Analysis of Alcohol and Tobacco Prevalence and Cessation before and during Pregnancy in the National Children’s Study (NCS), provides an example of the use of the NCS Archive data for maternal and pediatric research.
At pre-conception and pregnancy visits, a woman’s drinking and smoking status was measured by asking about current and past use:
- How often participant currently drinks alcoholic beverages?
- In the 3 months before Participant knew she was pregnant, how often did Participant drink alcoholic beverages including wine, beer, drinks containing hard liquor, wine coolers, hard lemonade, or hard cider?
- Does participant currently smoke cigarettes or use any other tobacco product?
- In the 3 months before Participant knew she was pregnant, did Participant smoke any cigarettes?
A descriptive analysis of mothers and infants was completed for those screened for substance use.
For mothers the analysis included:
- Employment Status
- Marital Status
- Annual Household Income
- Urban vs. Rural Residence
- Maternal Age at Childbirth
For children analysis included:
- Gestational Age at Birth
If a researcher is interested in pursuing this topic further, for example, exploring substance use in relation to various child health outcomes or completing analysis of available prenatal hair samples, both data and samples are available to approved researchers.
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