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Table 1 Important domains, level of assessment, and assessment methods

From: KUNO-Kids birth cohort study: rationale, design, and cohort description

Domains Child Mother Father Sibling(s) Assessment
Socio-demographic information: age, living circumstances, marital status, employment, education, subjective social status (McArthur Scale [35]), health insurance   x x   Interview; self-report
Pregnancy and birth: environmental exposure, medication, lifestyle behaviors, mode of delivery, duration of pregnancy, complications   x    Interview; self-report; medical records
Medical history: chronic conditions/diseases, hereditary diseases   x x x Interview; self-/proxy-report
Health behaviors: (breast) feeding, nutrition, physical activity, sleep (CSHQ [36], PSQI [37]), smoking, alcohol consumption, sun bathing and sun protection, teeth brushing, media consumption (x) x x   Self-/proxy-report
Home environment: exposure to allergens, measures to control allergens, smoking, urbanity x     Proxy-report
Psychosocial constructs: stress (EBI [38]), social support (F-SozU [39]), anxiety and depression (PHQ-D [40]), health-related quality of life (SF-12 [41]), health literacy (HLS-EU [35])   x x   Self-report
Utilization of medical and non-medical services: health check-ups, vaccinations, ambulatory and stationary health care, medication, early interventions, counseling x x    Self-/proxy-report
General health outcomes: health status, health-related quality of life, physical development, mental development, obesity, accidents; specific diseases and syndromesa x     Clinical examination;
  1. CSHQ Childhood Sleep Habits Questionnaire, EBI Parental Stress Index, F-SozU Social Support Questionnaire, HLS-EU European Health Literacy Survey, PSQI Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, SF-12 Short Form Health Survey
  2. aFor a comprehensive description of disease-specific outcomes considered in the KUNO-Kids birth cohort study, please see Table 2