Study FAQs

What is FADS? What are you studying?

"FADS" stands for Female Adolescent Development Study. This is a study geared toward learning more about the issues facing girls between the ages of 14 and 17.

Who is eligible to participate?

Only girls who are 14 - 17 years old, in good general health, and developmentally on track can be in this study. Females cannot have had a child or be currently pregnant at the time of enrollment into the study. Also, English must be the first language spoken at home.

Do I need my parent's permission?

Yes, parent's permission to participate is mandatory. Your parent's participation is also encouraged.

What is involved in the study? What do I have to do as a participant?

Participation will include one assessment session (over the phone), up to four yearly research sessions, and a few follow-up phone calls in between each yearly visit.

What happens during a research session?

During a research session you will answer questions on health behaviors, feelings and moods that are common in girls your age. Your caregiver will also fill out a few measures separately from you in another room. All together, this will take approximately 3.5 hours.

What if I don't want to answer all the questions?

You may feel uncomfortable answering some of the questions, and you don't have to answer them all if you don't want to. We don't foresee any problems, but if at any time you feel uncomfortable, just let your interviewer know and you can stop. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and if you decide to take part in the research study, you are free to withdraw at anytime.

What is in it for me?

There are no direct benefits, but the information learned from the study may benefit other adolescent girls. However, participants will receive compensation for their time.

Who is funding the study, and who is directing it?

This study is sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH). The study is directed by Dr. Jennie Noll, the researcher, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

How many girls are you recruiting for your study?

About 549 girls are will be recruited for our study.

What if I don't want anyone to know what I'm answering during the study?

Your name will not be on any of our questionnaires. You will be assigned a number. We abide by the utmost standards of confidentiality to ensure the anonymity of our participants. Your answers will not be shared, even with your caregiver.

How can I contact you if I have a question?

Researchers are available to answer any questions you may have about the research at any time. Dr. Noll's research staff may be reached at 513-803-0313 or by e-mail at