The Teen Health Study is a research study for teenage girls between the ages of 12 -16 and their parents.
The study is designed to better understand biological risk factors associated with eating disorders. It is our hope that we can use the information learned to design better prevention programs and treatment interventions for these serious illnesses.
The first part of this study is this screener, designed for parents, that should take 5-10 minutes. Before the eligibility screener is completed, we will ask you to consent to completing the screener as some of the questions ask about mental health. Only the research team has access to the answers, and information is kept on secure, encrypted, and password-protected devices. If you are ineligible for the study, your answers will not be kept. After completion of the screener, the research coordinator will reach out and send a very similar eligibility screener to your spouse and daughter.
Brief description of study activities
After eligibility is determined, parents will complete a short interview and survey. Adolescents will complete two in-person sessions at baseline that involve surveys, an interview, computer tasks, and an fMRI. At 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, 3-year, and 4-year follow-up, adolescents will complete the surveys, interview, and computer tasks again. The fMRI only occurs at baseline. Parents will be compensated $25 and adolescents could earn up to $350, depending on the number of waves of data completed.
Please note, unfortunately we are only able to work with participants who speak English. It is important that we can communicate clearly with participants. We apologize in advance for this.
Potential Risks and Benefits
Benefits to you are unlikely. However, the particpation of you and your daughter will help protect the health of future adolescents.
If you would like to learn more you can visit our webiste: teenhealthstudy.weebly.com or contact the study coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 549-4829.