The Flint Adolescent Study (FAS) is a longitudinal interview study of youth growing up in Flint, Michigan. The study began in 1994 with a cohort of 850 ninth graders. The goal of the study is to explore adolescent resilience. It began with a focus on school dropout and substance use across their four high school years. We continued to follow the participants into their 20's as they transitioned into adulthood.
Now in their 30's, many of the original FAS participants have children of their own, and are participating in the follow up FAS Generation 2 study.
Flint Adolescent Study
Guided by a resiliency framework, this longitudinal study demonstrated that assets and resources in youth lives help protect against risk factors for alcohol and substance use and other problems during adolescence.
What have we learned?
Translating our FindingsData from FAS has been used to inform health promotion and violence prevention programs that empower youth and promote safe and healthy futures in Flint and around the nation. More
Study explores links between violence exposure, friendship, and depression in teensSeptember 15, 2017
Social Support Can Mitigate Negative Health Outcomes of Violence Victimization Among GirlsMay 9, 2017
Exploring the relationship between exposure to violence during adolescence and adult depressionNovember 4, 2016
Polish adolescents are less likely to use alcohol and cigarettes if they have strong maternal supportJuly 14, 2016
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Methods & Data
The first eight waves of FAS data (1994-2002) are available online from the ICPSR data archive. Questionnaires, scales and data for other years are available upon request.