Caregiver-Youth Interaction Study

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How do emotional interactions between youth experiencing symptoms of thought disorder and their loved ones (i.e., parents, caregivers) predict well-being for youth and their loved ones? 

Can understanding these interactions between youth experiencing symptoms of thought disorder and their parents/caregivers help us develop better psychological interventions?

This study will be the first to utilize experimental paradigms from affective and relationship sciences to determine the answers to these important questions. 

Details

We are interested in studying interactions between youth experiencing symptoms of thought disorder and their parents/caregivers, as well as control parents/caregivers and youth.

  • Participating youth will first undergo a screening session to determine eligibility for the study. 
  • If you are found to be a good fit for the study, participating youth and one of their parents/caregivers will participate in a series of structured interviews asking questions about psychiatric history as well as common emotional experiences. 
  • Next,  participating youth and one of their parents/caregivers will be then invited for an additional interaction visit. Specifically, the two of you will be asked to sit in chairs facing one another, and then to discuss positive, negative, and neutral topics. During this time, we will monitor your natural body signals; facial expressions; body language; and ask you about your emotional experiences. We will use this information to develop a picture of different interaction processes between youth and caregivers. 
  • We will also ask parents/caregivers to provide a saliva sample which will allow us to evaluate epigenetic markers of physical health.
  • We will then invite you both back for a series of interviews 12 months later to see how things are going.

COMPENSATION

Both parents/caregivers and youth will receive $25 per hour of their time. We will also reimburse travel/parking costs per your request. 

Youth will receive up to $175 at the initial visits and additional $175 at a 12-month follow up. Parents/caregivers will receive up to $115 at both time points. 

Who will be a good fit for the study?

Youth ages 12 to 24 with their parents/caregivers are eligible to participate in the study. In addition, both youth and parents/caregivers must meet the following:

  • Ability to sit comfortably for upward of 2.5 hours
  • No allergies to gels containing chloride
  • No history of serious head injury, tic disorder, or neurological disorders
  • No history of psychotic disorders

Recruitment will begin in November 2017. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you are interested in signing up to participate in the study.