The Birth to Thirty (Bt30) study in Soweto is Africa’s largest and longest-running birth cohort study. It is colloquially nicknamed “Mandela’s Children”, given that the study started with children born just after Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The study intends to keep working with and tracking these families whose lives span South Africa’s democratic transition. The study’s first data collection round in 1989/1990 asked the still-pregnant mothers about the conditions of their pregnancy. Data was collected at birth and six months and on a yearly basis from the families, an enormous feat over 32-plus years.
This seminar is the third in a series of seven, sharing the research findings and lessons from this remarkable cohort study.
Children’s mental health is deeply rooted in the environments in which they live and the origins of mental illness are often found in early life. This webinar will look at the interplay of pyschosocial and environmental factors implicated in mental health problems over the lifecourse.