Are you the parent of a healthy teen girl who is 14-17 years old, right-handed, and fluent in English? If so, you and your daughter may be able to take part in a research study to help learn more about how teen girls’ moods and emotions are related to the stress and relationships in their life. Compensation provided.
Teen girls are twice as likely as teen boys to experience depression, a serious mood disorder. The purpose of this research study is to learn more about how stress and social relationships in teen girls are related to the risk of becoming depressed. Researchers also want to better understand how teen girls’ brains work during social interactions, and how brain function affects teens’ daily emotions and mood. Researchers hope their findings may lead to better ways to identify and treat girls at risk for depression.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
• Girls ages 14-17 years
• Have a parent between 25-60 years of age
• Fluent in English
• No neurological disorders or serious medical conditions
• Willing and able to undergo fMRI scanning
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation involves 3 study visits over the course of 1 year. Study procedures include a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan and interviews, questionnaires, and activities to learn about your behaviors, feelings, and stress. An fMRI is a non-invasive procedure that measures brain activity. MRI scans do not involve radiation.
IRB:STUDY19020200A - Project Teen Life
DURATION: 1 year
VISITS: 3 visits
University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Presbyterian Hospital – Oakland