Project to Learn About Youth - Jacksonville (PLAY-JAX)

PLAY-JAX is a research study to learn more about the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of children and teenagers in Jacksonville.

If you received a letter in the mail or a phone call from the University of Florida (UF) PLAY-JAX team, it is because you are being asked to take part in this study conducted by the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville with the support of Duval County Public Schools. The study is being funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study principal investigator is Steven Cuffe, M.D., who is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and head of the department of psychiatry.

The information below provides important information to help you make your decision if you have been invited to participate and describes what you may expect if you decide to take part.

Purpose of the research study

We are doing this study to learn more about the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of children and teenagers in Jacksonville.

Will I get paid for taking part?

Yes. You will receive a $50 gift card (or cash equivalent) for your participation. With your permission, we will also give your child, aged 8 through 17, a $25 gift card (or cash equivalent), for his or her participation. Your child aged 18 and older will receive a $50 gift card (or cash equivalent).

Why are you being contacted?

Your child has been randomly selected to take part in the study. Being selected does NOT mean that your child has a problem. We plan to interview approximately six hundred families in Jacksonville, of different ages and backgrounds, with and without problems.

What you will be asked to do?

We are asking you (and your child, if aged 8 and older) to take part in a face-to-face interview, either in your home, at your child’s school or at the offices of the research team. The interview will be done by trained University of Florida research staff. The interviewer will ask questions about your child’s emotions and behavior as well as specific symptoms, behaviors or events that your child may have experienced. Each family that takes part will be asked similar questions. Not all questions will apply to you. You do not have to answer any question that you do not want. The interview should take on average around 1.5 hours in total to finish.

Child Interview

If your child is aged 8 and older, we would like to ask them to take part in the study too.The child interview will take place at the same time as the interview with you. You can still take part in the study even if your child does not want to.


If you would like to participate or have any questions about the study, please contact the study team at:

For information on the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville , please contact:


UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville
580 West 8th Street, T11
6th Floor, Tower II, Suite 6005
Jacksonville, FL 32209