ADAPT - Accessing Daily Activity Patterns Through Occupational Transitions


The ADAPT study is recruiting people who have recently lost their jobs. The purpose of the study is to examine how job loss affects peoples’ daily routines, sleep patterns, activities, and eating habits. Findings from this study will help us to better understand the relationships between stress, sleep, and obesity and to develop new related prevention programs. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is sponsoring this study.

What will I be asked to do?

First, you will be invited to participate in a 10-minute phone interview. You will be asked to answer some questions that will help determine whether you are a good fit for participation in the study. We will also answer any questions you might have about the study.

If your participation continues, you may be asked to travel to the University of Arizona for multiple appointments over the course of 18 months.Read more

At these appointments you will be asked:

  • Questions about the job you recently lost and about other stressful events you may have experienced. You will also be asked questions about your mood, sleep, and general health.
  • To provide a sample of your blood and several strands of hair
  • To participate in a series of measurements about you weight and body composition

After these appointments, you will be asked to:

  • Complete daily diaries and wear portable devices that measure your sleep and daily activity
  • Take electronic pictures of your food intake and participate in a series of phone calls about your eating and activity habits
  • You will be compensated for your time for visits to the University of Arizona as well as questionnaires and other assessments you complete at home.

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Interested in learning more?

Thank you for your interest in our study. We are currently recruiting participants ages 25-60.

You may be eligible if…

  • You applied for Unemployment Insurance from the Arizona Department of Economic Security and received a letter inviting you to participate in the study.
  • You recently lost a job in which you were working for at least 30 hours per week for 6 months.
  • You are able to speak English.

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

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About us:

The ADAPT study team is based in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Health Promotion Sciences Division at the University of Arizona. Our team is comprised of faculty members, staff, students, and volunteers who possess expertise in Public Health, Psychology, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Family Studies & Human Development, Medicine, and Computer Science. Our team is located at the University of Arizona, South Campus Collaboratory in the Abrams building, where we are working in partnership with other investigators on projects to promote healthy living.

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