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Research Grant Awarded: Jacobs Institute & Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Grant Supports Study of Adolescent Women and Depression

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February 3, 1999, Washington, DC Elizabeth Goodman, MD, of Childrens Hospital, Boston and the Harvard Medical School, was chosen this month as the 1999 Jacobs Institute of Women's Health - Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar from a field of more than 60 applicants.

Dr. Goodman will use the $30,000, 12-month grant to examine the association between depression, socioeconomic status, and use of mental health and medical services among adolescent girls. She will specifically assess whether adolescent girls from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more vulnerable to depression and its subsequent effects, as well as whether the effects of social forces, such as socioeconomic status, have an effect on overall health and well being.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), the source of the data, is a nationally representative study, which includes 7,852 girls in grades 7-12 whose parents also completed an interview. Add Health studied the multiple contexts and environments of adolescent lives. According to Dr. Goodman, "While adolescent women are generally considered healthy, there has been little research to determine how social forces impact their health."

The study of depression among women has focused primarily on adult women and their families in recent years. "The adolescent years, once thought of as care free, we now know can be very stressful for young women as they contend with societal forces beyond their control. We are excited about Dr. Goodmans project because of the large number of girls studied, the over-sampling of minorities, and the relative newness of the data," said Martha Romans, Jacobs Institute Executive Director.

 Dr. Goodman is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Medicine, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, at Childrens Hospital in Boston. She also is the recipient of the 1998 Childrens Hospital Research Scholar Program Award. Dr. Goodman received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and she completed her residency at The Childrens Hospital in Boston.

The Jacobs Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge, practice, and understanding of women's health care. At the completion of the study, the results will be published in the Jacobs Institute's official, bimonthly journal, Women's Health Issues.

Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, is a leader in women's health care. The company makes and markets prescription products in several therapeutic categories, including womens health, central nervous system, infectious diseases and pain management.

Finding ways to improve the delivery of health care services to women is the focus of the annual Jacobs Institute - Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Scholar in Women's Health award. Research that considers the changing health care environment, the unmet need for primary and preventive health services, the historic lack of research on women's health, and the importance of social, cultural, legal, economic, and behavioral factors influencing the financing and delivery of health care to women is eligible. The application deadline for the 2000 award is October 15, 1999. (Click here for more information.)

For information on membership, contact the Jacobs Institute at (202) 863-4990 or click here.

For photos, interviews, or information, contact Shannon R. Mouton at the Jacobs Institute, phone: 202-863-4989; E-mail: .

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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Shannon R. Mouton
The Jacobs Institute
(202) 863-4989