Are you the parent of a child aged 11-14 who has mood swings? Does your child have a biological parent or sibling with bipolar disorder or major depression? Your child may be able to participate in a research study to find out how a virtual mindfulness group works in adolescents with mood swings. The study involves participating in group mindfulness sessions via video. Compensation is provided.
Many children and teens experience mood swings. The purpose of this study is to find out if a virtual mindfulness intervention can improve mood and attention in children who are at an elevated risk for mood disorders due to a family history of depression or bipolar disorder. Mindfulness is a practice that teaches people to be more aware and accepting of their thoughts and feelings in the present moment and may help children respond better to stress and emotions.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
- Ages 11-14
- Has difficulty with mood swings
- Has a biological parent or sibling diagnosed with major depression or bipolar disorder
- Child has not been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or autism spectrum disorder
- Have access to an internet-connected computer, Chromebook, or tablet at home
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation involves an initial online assessment lasting 1-2 hours during which you and your child will be asked questions about their current and past psychiatric symptoms. Children will also take part in a 60-90 minute online mindfulness group once per week for eight weeks. After three months, you and your child will be asked to complete questionnaires during a 1-2 hour follow up session.
IRB:STUDY20040233A - Remote Mindfulness-Based Intervention to Target Mood Lability in Youth at Risk for Mood Disorders (COVID-19 related)
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Danella M. Hafeman, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hafeman’s research focuses on youth with and at-risk for bipolar disorder. She is interested in understanding clinical and neural mechanisms of risk and resilience, with the goal of eventually preventing mood disorders in these youth. Clinically, she works as a child psychiatrist in the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services clinic, where she evaluates and treats youth with and at-risk for bipolar disorder.
MEET THE COORDINATOR
Jamie A. Feldman, BA, is the Research Coordinator for Dr. Hafeman’s studies at the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services clinic. She received her BA in Psychology from Dickinson College. She has a background in clinical psychology as well as experience working with children and families across multiple settings.