The Brock Healthy Youth Project (BHYP), is a project being led by a team of researchers from Brock University’s Lifespan Centre. BHYP aims to provide a window into adolescent brain development and health-risk behaviours. Specifically, BHYP is a collaborative effort dedicated to longitudinally examining health-risk behaviours from childhood through adolescence by investigating interactions among brain activity, genetics, endocrine status, physical activity, personality, and environmental factors. Partners in this project are involved in the full research process – from idea creation through to dissemination and evaluation.
Click here to view 12 infographics showing early prevalence data from BHYP. Anyone interested in learning more about BHYP early results, knowledge mobilization efforts and partner possibilities should email Jayne Morrish at email@example.com
Overall, this project will provide:
- an integrated investigation of the development of youth health-risk behaviours,
- evidence-based support (or lack of support) for the Dual Systems Model of adolescent brain development and its implications for youth vulnerabilities and opportunities,
- updates on indicators for health and wellness throughout the transitions from childhood to adolescence to young adulthood that are best to target in prevention/intervention programs, such as activities that enhance impulse control and positive lifestyle choices (linked back to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals), and
- a timely and widespread application of findings given the strong team of researchers, partners, and integrated knowledge mobilization strategies.