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Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) study

Read about the 2017 Theme Issue on the FLASHE Study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

About the study

The Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, collected survey data on psychosocial, generational (parent-adolescent), and environmental correlates of cancer-preventive behaviors. The purpose of the study is to help researchers understand lifestyle behaviors that relate to cancer risk. The majority of the survey questions focus on diet and physical activity, with additional survey items about sleep, sun safety and tobacco use. View the study’s conceptual model.

FLASHE is a cross-sectional, internet-based study that was conducted between April and October 2014. A parent/caregiver and his/her adolescent child (ages 12-17) were enrolled and then randomly selected to a Survey-Only group (e.g. group received the web-based survey instruments only) or a Motion Study group (e.g. received the same web-based surveys plus an accelerometer worn by the adolescent). View the study’s flow diagram. The sample, drawn from the Ipsos’ Consumer Opinion Panel, is similar to that of the general U.S. population in terms of sex, income, age, household size, and region.

Each parent and adolescent completed two web-based surveys. One survey asked participants about their diet-related behaviors and factors that may be related to those behaviors (known as correlates), while the other survey solicited responses on physical activity-related behaviors and correlates. The physical activity survey also included questions on other cancer-preventive health behaviors such as sleep, sun safety, and tobacco use. Participant survey order was determined by random assignment. FLASHE included demographic questions and questions related to general parenting style at the end of the first survey. FLASHE survey data are publicly available. The content in each of the FLASHE surveys is available by accessing the files below:

  • Adolescent demographic survey instrument (PDF)
  • Adolescent diet survey instrument (PDF)
  • Adolescent physical activity survey instrument (PDF)
  • Parent demographic survey instrument (PDF)
  • Parent diet survey instrument (PDF)
  • Parent physical activity survey instrument (PDF)
FLASHE Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet (PDF), August 2017

FLASHE was designed to support individual and dyadic analyses. For example, investigators can explore physical activity behaviors in adolescents using the adolescent physical activity survey. Or they can link data from adolescents and their parents to determine whether there is a relationship between parent and adolescent physical activity. To learn more about FLASHE and download the data, go to the data resource page. For more information on conducting dyadic analyses, go to the dyadic resource page or view an instructional webinar.

Contacts for FLASHE

For more information about the Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) study, please contact:

Linda Nebeling, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Deputy Associate Director
Behavioral Research Program
National Cancer Institute
linda.nebeling@nih.gov

April Oh, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch
National Cancer Institute
april.oh@nih.gov

Laura Dwyer, Ph.D.
Contractor – Cape Fox Facilities Services
Office of the Associate Director
National Cancer Institute
laura.dwyer@nih.gov

Tanya Agurs-Collins, Ph.D., R.D.
collinsta@mail.nih.gov

Frank Perna, Ed.D., Ph.D.
pernafm@mail.nih.gov