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University of Cambridge
Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study

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PADS+ collects data covering three main topics:





When combined, this data allow PADS+ researchers to study the interaction between participants’ individual characteristics and experiences and their exposure to different kinds of environments (both cross-sectionally and longitudinally) in a way no other existing study can. As a consequence, PADS+ is unique in its ability to address:


Data was collected in the spring of each year from 2003 to 2008. 2009 represented a unique epoch as it was the first full year since the start of Phase 1 in 2002 which did not include a full data collection sweep. The move from annual to biennial data collection prompted a ‘mini-sweep’ to keep up-to-date with participants’ contact details. Sweep 6th was carried out in 2010 and one additional data wave is scheduled in early 2012.


Study Design


In 2005, the Peterborough Community Survey (PCS) collected detailed social-environmental data on geographical areas covering Peterborough and several surrounding villages.

Community Survey

The Peterborough Community Survey page is under construction. Check back soon for more information on this element of PADS+!







PADS+ is the only existing longitudinal study into crime and its development which combines an in-depth treatment of individual characteristics and experiences with an in-depth treatment of the social environments in which young people develop and act. Although several existing longitudinal studies collect data about the neighbourhoods in which individuals live, there is no comparable criminological longitudinal study which has collected such detailed data about individuals’ exposure to different social environments (within and outside of their neighbourhoods), or about the particular social settings within those environments in which those individuals actually take part.



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