FLASHE Study

Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating Study

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) supported the development of the Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) Study, a cross-sectional, internet-based survey that examined psychosocial, generational (parent-adolescent), and environmental correlates of cancer preventive behaviors. The study mainly focused on diet, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors (as well as sleep, sun-safety, and tobacco use). Designed to help researchers understand lifestyle behaviors that relate to cancer risk, the study also supports individual and dyadic analyses.
Surveying NCCOR members:

  • Strengthened the scientific content of FLASHE by pooling input from the NCCOR community
  • Enhanced the potential of FLASHE to collect useful data addressing research gaps not currently captured in national data, which will help answer key obesity research questions and inform the development of interventions
  • Offered NCCOR members and other potential research stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback and contribute survey items

Conducted between April and October 2014, the study sampled dyads of a parent/caregiver and his/her adolescent child (ages 12-17). Participants were 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). Read more about the FLASHE study, related data files and supporting documentation, or dyadic analysis resources.