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Growing Up Today Study (GUTS)

Country: United States

Study Design: Observational cohort with repeated measurements over time

Participant age range: Children / adolescents at enrollment

Number of participants at baseline: 16,882 (later expanded with 10,923 additional participants)

Year of initial enrollment: 1996

Number of data collection waves: 18; data collection ongoing

Measures of well-being:

  • Optimism

  • Positive Affect

  • Purpose / Meaning in Life / Ikigai

  • Life Satisfaction

  • Positive Parenting Practices

Quantity of well-being measures (e.g., number of constructs, number of times of well-being was assessed: High

Quality of well-being measures (e.g., were measures reliable and valid in the study population): High

Measures of physical health: 

  • Self-rated / questionnaire-based health

  • Self-report medical history or medication use

Access information:

This dataset is available to all researchers.

Researchers are required to submit an application to access this data. Fees are required to access this dataset.

Notable Citation: Chen Y, Kim E, Koh H, Frazier A & VanderWeele T. (2019). Sense of mission and subsequent health and well-being among young adults: an outcome-wide analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology, 188(4), 664-673.

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