Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

AAIS

Alcohol and Adolescent Injury Study

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

WHY IS THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA DOING THIS STUDY?
The University of Pennsylvania conducts research that concerns the health and well being of people locally, throughout the state, and across the country. The people who are conducting this study are researchers, teachers, and doctors who conduct studies like this one to find out how the environment is related to adolescent injury. You can find out more about the University of Pennsylvania at the website.

WHO IS SPONSORING (PAYING FOR) THE STUDY?
The study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
There is a lot that isn’t known about makes adolescents more likely or less likely to be victims of injury. The purpose of this study is to investigate individual, family, and environmental factors (including alcohol-related factors) related to adolescent injury. Our goal is to better understand how such factors relate to adolescent injuries and can be modified to prevent adolescent injuries Over a period of years, we will be conducting interviews for this study with adolescents between the ages of 13 and 20 years who live in Philadelphia.

HOW DID YOU GET MY TELEPHONE NUMBER?
Everyone’s telephone number was drawn from a list that we created ourselves. All of the numbers we use start with your area code and with the same telephone exchange, which is the first 3 numbers. When we call these numbers, some of them turn out to be real telephone numbers and other numbers give us just a message saying there is no phone connected. The method we use means that every telephone number in your community has an equal chance of being called, and it is strictly by chance that yours was one of them.

HOW CAN I BE SURE THIS IS AUTHENTIC?
If you ever have questions about our study feel free to call the University of Pennsylvania at 215-898-0598 and refer to the “Alcohol and Adolescent Injury Study, or AAIS.

IS MY PARTICIPATION CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes, most definitely! After the interview is done the answers are put onto a computer without identifying information, like name, address, and telephone number. To help us protect your privacy, we have obtained a Certificate of Confidentiality from the National Institutes of Health.

CAN I GET A COPY OF THE STUDY'S RESULTS?
Yes, we would be glad to send it to you if you will email us your mailing address.

WILL ANYONE BE ABLE TO FIND OUT THE IDENTITIES OF VICTIMS THROUGH THE STUDY?
No, absolutely not.

• Last updated: 11/3/2009