Are you the birth mother of a child ages 1-3? If so, you and your child may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand how mothers with depression and their young children respond to each other while playing. Compensation provided. Pitt + Me
Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this study is to help researchers better understand how depressed mothers and their young children respond to each other while playing. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to prevent depression in children with a family history of mood disorders.
Children ages 1-3 years old
Mother is biological mother
Child is healthy and typically developing
What to Expect
Participation involves an initial phone interview with the study team to find out if the mother and child are eligible, followed by 6-7 in-person visits over 3 years for qualified participants. Each in-person visit takes about 1-2 hours.
During the first visit each year, mothers will complete interviews and questionnaires. During the second visit each year, the participant and their child will wear a head cap called NIRS that measures brain response while playing together. If the child is 5 years old in the third year, he or she will also undergo fMRI scanning. Both NIRS and fMRI are painless, non-invasive tests.