Pacific islands families: First two years of life study—design and methodology

Paterson, Janis, Colin, Colin, Abbott, Max, Feehan, Michael, Silva, Phil, Percival, Teuila, Carter, Sarnia, Cowley-Malcolm, Ester, Borrows, Jim, Williams, Maynard and Schluter, Philip (2006) Pacific islands families: First two years of life study—design and methodology. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 119 1228: 63-80.

Author Paterson, Janis
Colin, Colin
Abbott, Max
Feehan, Michael
Silva, Phil
Percival, Teuila
Carter, Sarnia
Cowley-Malcolm, Ester
Borrows, Jim
Williams, Maynard
Schluter, Philip
Title Pacific islands families: First two years of life study—design and methodology
Journal name The New Zealand Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1175-8716
Publication date 2006-01-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 119
Issue 1228
Start page 63
End page 80
Total pages 18
Editor F. Frizelle
Place of publication Christchurch, New Zealand
Publisher New Zealand Medical Association
Language eng
Subject 321209 Family Care
730219 Behaviour and health
Formatted abstract
Knowledge about the health, psychosocial, and behavioural characteristics of Pacific peoples with young children resident in New Zealand is limited.

The Pacific Islands Families:
First Two Years of Life (PIF) Study was designed to redress this knowledge gap. This paper describes the design and methodology of the PIF Study.

Mothers of Pacific infants born at Middlemore Hospital between 15 March and 17 December 2000 were recruited. Maternal home interviews covering sociodemographic, cultural, environmental, child development, family and household dynamics, childcare, lifestyle, and health issues were undertaken at approximately 6-weeks, 12-months, and 24-months postpartum. Paternal home interviews and child development assessments were conducted at approximately 12-months and 24-months postpartum. Information from Middlemore's Hospital Discharge Summary records and Plunket's 6-week and 6-month assessments was also captured.

1708 mothers were identified, 1657 were invited to participate, 1590 (96%) consented to a home visit; and, of these, 1,477 (93%) were eligible for the PIF study. Of those eligible, 1,376 (93%) participated at 6-weeks, 1224 (83%) participated at 12-months, and 1144 (77%) participated at 24-months. No important differential attrition was observed. Paternal interviews and child assessments were conducted on 825 fathers and 1241 infants at 12-months and on 757 fathers and 1064 children at 24-months.

The PIF study is a large, scientifically and culturally robust longitudinal study that has achieved respectable participation rates in a historically hard-to-reach population. We believe that results from this study will inform future policy development within New Zealand.
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