Welcome to the online home of the Female Adolescent Development Study (FADS), a special research opportunity for adolescent females between the ages of 14-17. This research study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and developed by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

What's behind FADS?

A major objective of the study is to learn more about the unique struggles, triumphs, attitudes and behaviors of adolescent females. The information we learn will help us to improve growth and development programs for adolescents and their families.

Want to participate?

Healthy girls between the ages of 14 and 17 may be eligible to participate. Participants are reimbursed for their time.

During our study, girls are asked questions regarding goals and experiences they have had during their lifetime. The hope is that participants will gain insight about themselves and grow from this experience.

This is approximately a five-year longitudinal study. Annual visits only take between three and four hours, where girls and their caregivers answer questions about their lives and experiences. Follow-up phone calls also occur between each of the visits to keep in contact. We hope to develop lasting relationships with our participants over the five-year study term.

If you are interested in participating or just want to learn more, please contact us at 513-803-0313 or fads@cchmc.org. Be sure to mention that you found us on the web!

Just want to browse?

That's fine, too. Whether or not you're a participant, we invite you to start clicking through our site to learn more about us and our study. While you're at it, take a look at our growing collection of community resources, educational links and fun links.