Are you the birth mother of a child who is 9-12 months old? If so, you and your child may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand how mothers and their young children respond to each other while playing. Compensation provided.
Depression is a serious illness that affects more than 1 in 20 Americans. Symptoms of depression include feeling sad or hopeless, feeling tired or not having energy, changes in appetite or activity, and thoughts of death or suicide.
The purpose of this study is to help researchers better understand how depressed mothers and their young children respond to each other while playing. Researchers will study mothers with and without depression, and hope their findings will lead to better ways to prevent depression in children with a family history of mood disorders.
• Infant is 9-12 months old
• Infant is healthy and typically developing (reaching their growth and developmental milestones
• Mother is biological mother
• Mother has no history of psychiatric disorders
Participation involves an initial phone interview with the study team to find out if you and your child are eligible, followed by 6 in-person visits over 3 years for qualified participants. Each visit takes about 1-2 hours.
Once per year, you and your child will wear a head cap that measures brain response while playing together. The visit will be video recorded for research purposes. Participants will also complete interviews and questionnaires.
The BRITE Study – Depressed Mothers [Adult] (PRO17050576A)
The BRITE Study – Children Ages 1-3 with Depressed Mothers [Pediatric] (PRO17050576B)
The BRITE Study – Healthy Mothers & Children [Pediatric] (PRO17050576C)
The BRITE Study – Healthy Volunteers [Adult] (PRO17050576D)
The BRITE Study – Depressed Mothers of 9-12 Month Old Infants [Adult] (PRO17050576E)
The BRITE Study – Infants 9-12 Months Old with Depressed Mothers [Pediatric] (PRO17050576F)
The BRITE Study – Healthy Mothers of 9-12 Month Old Infants [Adult] (PRO17050576H)
DURATION: 3 years
VISITS: 6 visits
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Judith Morgan, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Morgan specializes in child and adolescent psychology. Her particular specialty is understanding how emotional and social development in childhood can influence the risk for depression.
Britt Holdaway, MSW, LSW, is a Research Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and the University of Buffalo. She works on several studies involving child and adolescent brain development and the biological and social risk factors for depression.
Allison Hoffman, MSc, is a Research Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a graduate of Penn State University and The University of Edinburgh. She works on several clinical neuroimaging studies focusing on emotional and social development of young children and risk factors for depression.