The New Canadian Child & Youth Study

The latest issue of the Metropolis Bulletin, The Bridge, re-releases an article on the New Canadian Child and Youth Study. The article was originally published in 2005.
The New Canadian Children and Youth Study (NCCYS) is a longitudinal study of 4,000 immigrant and refugee children living in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. The objectives of the study are to:

Compare the physical health, mental health and functioning of immigrant and refugee children with the majority culture children participating in the National Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth (NLSCY)
Identify and describe psychosocial developmental issues common to all children as well as those specific to immigrant and refugee populations
Investigate the effects of immigration vs. refugee status on children’s health and well-being

Compare mental health risk factors for immigrant and refugee children with NLSCY children

Investigate the effects of visible minority status on immigrant and refugee children’s integration, development and mental health
Investigate, cross-sectionally and over time, the effects of the like-ethnic community, and of the receiving society on children’s integration and mental health
Describe the evolution of personal identity (including ethnic community and peer effects)
Examine intrafamilial risk and protective factors for children’s well-being
Examine regional effects on resettlement and adaptation.

Researchers in the NCCYS are:

Morton Beiser, University of Toronto and CERIS, The Ontario Metropolis Centre
Linda Ogilvie, University of Alberta
Joanna Anneke, Hospital for Sick Children and CERIS Director
Robert Armstrong, Child and Family Research Institute
Jacqueline Oxman-Martinez, Centre for Applied Family Studies.