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The Early Developmental Stages of Psychopathology Study (EDSP): A Methodological Update

Lieb R. · Isensee B. · von Sydow K. · Wittchen H.-U.
Clinical Psychology and Epidemiology Unit, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany Eur Addict Res 2000;6:170–182 (DOI:10.1159/000052043)


The objectives of the community-based Early Developmental Stages of Psychopathology (EDSP) Study are described along with a detailed account of the overall design, special design features, sample characteristics and instruments used. The EDSP employed a prospective-longitudinal design to study substance use and other mental disorders in a representative population sample of 3,021 subjects aged 14–24 years (birth cohorts 1970–1981) at ‘baseline’ – the outset of the study. Two follow-up investigations were conducted after the baseline investigation covering an overall period of 3–4 years. Special design features are the linkage with a family supplement (EDSP-FS) as well as neurobiological laboratory studies of high-risk subjects.


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