Parent With Bipolar Disorder? Undiagnosed 12-18 Year Old Child?

Your Family May Be Eligible For a Research Study at The University of Pittsburgh.
Facts About Our Study
Our research study aims to identify effective prevention methods of bipolar disorder for children who are at high risk.
Parent has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder

Child (ages 12-18) has NOT been diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Compensation is provided
Visits conducted via videoconference or in-person at our Pittsburgh, PA office location
Study Background
Having a family history of bipolar disorder is one of the strongest risk factors for developing bipolar disorder.

Identifying and treating the children of parents with bipolar disorder may help to prevent or slow the progression of bipolar disorder.

In addition to providing treatment for the child, we will also learn more about how we may best help others in the future.

Additional Information
Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to understand the effectiveness of two psychotherapy approaches in preventing or decreasing the severity of psychiatric symptoms in adolescents with a family history of bipolar disorder.

Is this study for my family?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria

Key Criteria
  • You are a parent who has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  • You have a child (ages 12-18) who has NOT been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (may have other diagnoses)
OR

  • You are between the ages of 12-18 and have NOT been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (may have other diagnoses)
  • You have a parent who has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
What will happen if my family participates in this study?
Involvement includes the child participating in an initial interview about mood, sleep, and emotions. After this assessment, both parent and child will have one 45 minute follow-up session with a study therapist. All children will receive referral resources and one of two talk therapy interventions with a research therapist. Parents will also be asked to complete a diagnostic screening interview and study assessments.
Will my family be paid for being in this research study?
Families will be compensated for their participation in our study.
Will it cost my family anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for your family to participate in our research program.
Where do study visits take place?
Visits can be conducted via videoconference for any participant residing in Pennsylvania or if preferred, in-person at Western Psychiatric Hospital’s (WPH) outpatient Bellefield Towers offices located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.
Who can I contact to learn more about this research study?
To learn more about the study, please contact the study coordinator at 1.888.377.5444 or  KEY2STUDY@pitt.edu.