Are you the parent of a teen or young adult who is currently experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, or has in the past? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help build an educational website for parents who have been through similar experiences. This study is done entirely online.
About 10% of adolescents experience depression, and many of those also have anxiety. Unfortunately, only one-third of teens with these conditions receive any help, and some who receive help may not get the treatment they need. WiseSOVA is a website for parents of teens and young adults with anxiety and depression who are seeking support and advice from peers and therapist moderators. WiseSOVA participants can ask questions, read articles, access resources, and comment online. Researchers hope that providing online education and support may help families better understand mental health issues and available treatment options.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Parent of a child age 14-26
- Symptoms of depression and/or anxiety now or in the past
- Internet and email access
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation takes place entirely online, and the level and duration of participation is up to you.
IRB:STUDY19040155C - SOVA and WiseSOVA Feasibility Study
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Ana Radovic, MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Radovic is interested in increasing adolescent and parent participation in mental health treatment when depression treatment is recommended within primary care. She is especially interested in using internet technology such as social media to enable connections between adolescent and young adult peers as well as parent peers who have mental health illness in common.