MatCH Baseline Survey (2016)
Women from the ALSWH 1973-78 Cohort [ALSWH 1973-78 Cohort summary], who had children aged under 13 years, were asked to complete a survey (online or paper) about their three youngest children.
The baseline survey was conducted from August 2016 to May 2017. Survey measures included diet and physical activity, health-related quality of life, illness and disability, health service use, sleep, social and emotional development, and anthropometric measures. We had responses from 3,039 mothers, reporting on 5,780 children. Some early results have been reported in the MatCH Update and the Women's Health Australia 2017 Participant Newsletter. Published papers are also listed here. The survey will be repeated every two to three years (subject to funding).
Study materials for the baseline survey:
MatCH 2016 survey: MatchSurvey2016sample.pdf
MatCH Participant Information Sheet: MatCHParticipantInformation2016.pdf
Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Edwards KL, Hesketh KD, Chang Y-T, Mishra G. (2019).
Not all play equipment is created equal: associations between equipment at home and children's physical activity.
Journal of Physical Activity and Health https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0075
Tooth L, Moss K, Hockey R, Mishra GD (2019).
Adherence to screen time recommendations for Australian children aged 0–12 years.
Medical Journal of Australia https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50286
Mishra GD, Moss K, Loos C, Dobson AJ, Davies PS, Loxton D, Hesketh KD, Koupil I, Bower C, Sly P, Tooth L. (2018).
MatCH (Mothers and their Children’s Health) Profile: offspring of the 1973-78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.
Longitudinal and Life Course Studies http://dx.doi.org/10.14301/llcs.v9i3.491
Adane AA, Dobson A, Tooth L, Mishra GD (2018).
Maternal preconception weight trajectories are associated with offsprings' childhood obesity.
International Journal of Obesity https://doi.org/10.1038/s41366-018-0078-1
Adane AA, Mishra GD, Tooth LR. (2018).
Maternal preconception weight trajectories, pregnancy complications and offspring's childhood physical and cognitive development.
Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S2040174418000570
Adane AA, Tooth LR, Mishra GD. (2019).
The role of offspring's birthweight on the association between pre-pregnancy obesity and offspring's childhood anthropometrics: a mediation analysis.
Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease https://doi.org/10.1017/S2040174418001137
Moss KM, Loxton D, Dobson AJ, Slaughter V, Mishra GD. (2019).
Testing competing mediators of the association between pre-conception maternal depression and child health-related quality of life: the MatCH study.
Archives of Women's Mental Health https://doi.org/10.1007/s00737-019-0941-7
Help and support
We would like to follow the health of your children as they grow into adulthood and over the course of their lives. We will contact you every 2-3 years (subject to ongoing project funding) to invite you to do another survey. Once the children reach their teenage years they will be invited to do the survey themselves. The survey will take about 30-60 minutes depending on the number of children. But it’s up to you to decide if you want to do future surveys. You can stop whenever you want. Your participation in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health is not affected by whether or not you decide to take part in MatCH.
Can my children still be part of the MatCH study even if I say "no" to researchers using their NAPLAN results or other databases?
You will have to spend about 30 to 60 minutes doing the survey. Some of the questions are a bit personal. We ask about children’s diet, exercise, feelings, health problems, family relationships and your home. There’s a slight risk that you may find a question upsetting. If this happens, it might help to talk to someone. Here is a link to list of people you can contact: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/hotlines.html (This link also appears in the online survey.)
There might not be any direct benefit to you or your family from taking part in this study. We hope that the study’s results will improve health services for Australian families in general.
No payment, reward or incentive is available to mothers in this study.
We decided to ask questions on up to three children to reduce the time and effort to do the survey. The youngest three were chosen so that we could start collecting data early and (subject to ongoing funding) be able to follow the health of your children for a longer period of time.
As your children grow and become more independent it may be difficult to complete surveys on their behalf. Restricting the age range also helps keep the survey manageable for women with large families.
Yes! We are still interested in your responses. Some of the questions, especially those regarding use of health services, are designed for the Australian system and may not be relevant, depending on the country in which you reside. If this is the case, you can just leave them blank. There is a question at the start of the survey which tells us if a participant is living overseas, so we will analyse and interpret the data with that answer in mind.
Many of the survey questions are from standardised measurement scales developed by other researchers. We use scales such as these because they have already been widely tested and also allow us to compare our findings with other studies. However, one size does necessarily not fit all. If a question does not seem applicable to your circumstances, you can either choose the closest answer, or leave that question blank. If you wish, you can also provide any additional information in the comments section at the end of the survey.
Contact the study team: freecall 1800 068 081 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns about this project and would prefer to discuss these with an independent person, feel free to contact the University of Newcastle’s Human Research Ethics Officer (02) 4921 6333 or write to them at the University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, 2308 (Approval number H-2014-0246). You could also contact the University of Queensland’s Human Research Ethics Officer on (07) 3365 3924 or write to them at the University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, 4072 (Approval number 2014001213).