Are you the healthy mother of a child who is 3 years old or will soon turn 3? If so, you and your child may be able to take part in a research study to learn more about the link between a mother’s mental health and a child’s ability to control their own emotions. Compensation provided.
The relationship between a mother and child can have long-lasting effects on a child’s health and well-being. The purpose of this study is to help researchers learn more about how a mother’s mental health, life experience, and parenting styles affect a child’s ability to control their own emotions. Researchers hope their findings will lead to a better understanding of the link between a mother’s mental health and a child’s development, and may lead to improved treatments for children at risk of developing mental health problems in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
• Age 3 or will soon turn 3
• No diagnosed developmental disability
• Biological mothers:
- Are healthy
- Ages 18 and up
- Have sole or joint custody of their child
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
After a brief telephone screening, you will have a 2-6 hour long in-person visit to find out if you are a good fit for the study. You will be asked to complete forms, interviews, and a behavioral questionnaire about your child.
If you are eligible to participate, you and your child will take part in 4 sessions, each lasting about 2 hours and spaced 4 months apart. At each visit, you and your child will wear a device to record heart rate while your child completes several tasks related to his or her attention, control, emotions, and waiting skills. Parts of the sessions will be videotaped.
IRB:STUDY19040135B - Preschooler emotion regulation in the context of maternal borderline personality disorder
DURATION: About one year
VISITS: 5 visits
UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic and Sterling Building – Oakland