Are you age 18 or age 19 and have a parent with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder? If so, you may be to participate in a research study to investigate social and emotional factors affecting teens that may predict a future diagnosis of mental illness. Involves 4 study visits in Oakland. Parent must also participate. Parent and teen will be compensated.
STUDY PURPOSEThis purpose of this study is to help researchers examine the social lives, stressors, and thought processes of adolescents with and without a family history of mental disorders.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Ages 18 and 19
- A parent with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
- Teen must not have a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder, though other diagnoses are acceptable.
- Parent must be willing to participate in first visit
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT4 study visits - 16 hours of the teen’s time and about 3 hours of their parent’s time. Visit 1- both teen and parent will complete interviews and self-reports of medical and social history. Visit 2 - the teen will perform social interactive tasks while connected to a non-invasive heart monitor. Visits 3 and 4 (brief follow-up interviews) will occur 6 months and 1 year from session 2. Parent will be compensated $50.00 for participating in the initial study visit. Teens will be compensated up to 250.00 for completing all study visits and procedures.
IRB:STUDY19030188C - Understanding the Social Lives, Stressors, and Thought Processes in Adolescents With and Without a Family History of Mental Disorders
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Leslie E. Horton, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Horton, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is an experienced and trusted researcher. She specializes in investigating social conditions for people dealing with schizophrenia and related conditions. Aside from her research work, Dr. Horton offers counseling and therapy through the Services for the Treatment of Early Psychosis (STEP) Clinic at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.