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Teens needed for paid study on brain, depression, and self harm

Is your daughter depressed? Does she seem sad, tired, or bored? Does she have trouble sleeping or sleep too much? Does she feel worthless or guilty? Does she have trouble concentrating?

Has she ever harmed herself on purpose or attempted suicide?

Is she 13-19 years old?

Is she right-handed?

No metal braces or permanent metal retainers please.

If so, you and your daughter may be able to take part in a collaborative study between the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Your daughter might qualify if she falls into one of three groups: 1) Depression group – your daughter seems depressed and has never harmed herself or attempted suicide; OR 2) Self-harm group – your daughter has harmed herself on purpose at least once in the past year; OR 3) Typically developing group – your daughter has not self-harmed and does not have a history of depression.

In this study, we hope to learn more about how the teen brain processes rewards and responds to emotions. We also hope to learn more about the differences between female teens who harm themselves or attempt suicide and those who have a history of depression but don’t have a history of self-harm.

If you are interested in participating, you and your daughter will first complete a 30-minute phone interview. If you daughter may be a good match for the study, you will be invited to the University of Washington for one or two visits. At Visit 1, daughter and parent will complete questionnaires and interviews. At Visit 2, your daughter will complete an MRI scan. Visit 1 will last about 2 – 3 hours. Visit 2 will last about 2 hours. Eligible teens could earn up to $100 as a thank you for their time.

For more information, call:

Christina Derbidge, Project Director, University of Washington, Department of Psychology,
(206) 221-7264.

*Eligible teens could receive up to $100 as a thank-you for their time.

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