Triple B: Bumps, babies and beyond - Wave III pilot follow-up of preschoolers

  • Research program: Prevention and early intervention
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2010
  • Expected end date: December 2014
  • Completion date: July 2015
  • Funded by: Australian Rotary Health Research Fund/Mental Health of Young Australian Research
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The Triple B study (Bumps, Babies and Beyond) is a large NHMRC-funded birth cohort study which examines the effects of substance use in pregnant women and their partners during the prenatal period on infant development and family functioning. The study presently follows families from pregnancy through to infant age 12 months.The objective of Wave III is to examine family functioning and child development when the children reach three years of age. The Triple B study presents a unique and important opportunity to follow the longer-term health and development of 2,000 families as the children enter the preschool years – a critical time for development.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Professor Steve Allsop
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1606
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Chief Investigator

Alcohol policy and strategies


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Associate Professor Nyanda McBride
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1605
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Chief Investigator

Prevention and early intervention


  • Chief Investigator: Delyse Hutchinson, University of New South Wales

Le Bas, G., A., Youssef, G., Macdonald, J., Mattick, R., Teague, S., Honan, I., McIntosh, J., Khor, S., Rossen, L., Elliott, E., Allsop, S., Burns, L., Craig, O. and Hutchinson, D. (2021). Maternal bonding, negative affect, and infant social-emotional development: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 281, pp. 926-934. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.11.031 [RJ1644] View web page

Le Bas, G., A., Youssef, G., Macdonald, J., Teague, S., Mattick, R., Honan, I., McIntosh, J., Khor, S., Rossen, L., Elliott, E., Allsop, S., Burns, L., Olsson, C., A. and Hutchinson, D. (2021). The Role of Antenatal and Postnatal Maternal Bonding in Infant Development. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 61, (6), pp. 820-829. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2021.08.024 [RJ1770] View web page

Macdonald, J., Graeme, L., Wynter, K., Cooke, D., Hutchinson, D., Kendall, G., St George, J., Dowse, E., Francis, L., McBride, N., Fairweather-Schmidt, K., Di Manno, L., Olsson, C., A., Allsop, S., Leach, L. and Youssef, G. (2021). How are you sleeping? Starting the conversation with fathers about their mental health in the early parenting years. Journal of Affective Disorders, 281, pp. 727-737. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.11.081 [RJ1590] View web page