The Behavior and Mind Health (BeMIND) study: Methods, design and baseline sample characteristics of a cohort study among adolescents and young adults

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Objectives: The Behavior and Mind Health (BeMIND) study is a population-based cohort study of adolescents and young adults from Dresden, Germany. The aim is to investigate psychological and behavioral factors linked to a range of mental disorders and health behaviors and their interaction with social-environmental and genetic/biologic factors.

Methods: A random sample of 14-21 year olds was drawn from the population registry in 2015. The baseline investigation was completed 11/2015-12/2016 (N = 1,180). Assessments include standardized diagnostic interview, cognitive-affective tasks, questionnaires, biosamples, and ecologic momentary assessment in real life with combined actigraphic/geographic monitoring. In the family study component, parents completed similar assessments and provided information on child's early development.

Results: The participation rate (minimum response proportion) was 21.7%; the cooperation rate was 43.4%. Acceptance and completion of study components were high. General health data indicate that more than 80% reported no or only mild impairment due to mental or somatic health problems in the past year; about 20% ever sought treatment for mental health problems or chronic somatic illnesses, respectively.

Conclusions: Data from BeMIND baseline and follow-up investigations will provide novel insights into contributors to health and disease as adolescents grow into adulthood.


Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1804
JournalInternational journal of methods in psychiatric research
Issue number1
Early online date5 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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Scopus 85076203143
ORCID /0000-0002-9687-5527/work/142235225


Sustainable Development Goals


  • cohort study, epidemiology, etiology, health behavior, psychopathology