The ARCHER study is a longitudinal study to explore the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children as they progress from childhood through adolescence in rural areas.
Adolescents, particularly those in rural areas, are at risk of accidental injuries, substance abuse, obesity and may go onto develop diabetes and heart disease in later life. Untreated mental illness may go on to long term disability.
Little is known about the role of the hormones of puberty and how they interact with other influences to affect adolescent and future health. The ARCHER study aims to explore these factors so that we can better understand how to protect adolescent health and well being.