NIJ Sub-Study involving NIDA-funded Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development ABCD to Include Measures of Delinquency and Victimization

Sponsor Deadline: 

Jul 26, 2017


DOJ National Institute of Justice

NIJ FY17 ABCD Sub-Study on Social Development

The NIDA-funded Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development ABCD Study is the largest longitudinal study of brain development and child health in the U.S., following approximately 10,000 children (ages 9-10) across 21 sites into their early adulthood years. The ABCD Study seeks to explore the standards of normal brain development across a young person’s life trajectory, as well as numerous facets of adolescent brain, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. In particular, there is limited understanding regarding the long-term impact of substance abuse on the developing brain and later healthy outcomes. Delinquency and victimization represent two such serious adverse outcomes that are especially relevant for the adolescent developing brain that is particularly vulnerable and characterized by dramatic changes in structure and function.

The requested application for funding under the NIJ award will provide clear and testable research questions; plans for collecting measures of criminal behavior, victimization, and related constructs; and an analysis plan. The applicant should propose an adequate number of sites to ensure a sample size large enough to answer the proposed research questions, along with a power analysis. Applicant organizations must also provide a detailed management strategy for communicating with NIJ and overseeing data collection activities at the sub-study sites. In addition, applicants should describe how data collected in the sub-study will be managed and integrated with data from the full ABCD Study.