Teen Health Research Study
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh studying how social media affects adolescent girls' brain development and mental health
Who Can Participate
13-17 year old girls who struggle with suicidal thoughts or engage in self-injury (e.g. cutting, burning)
Facts About Our Study
Our research study is evaluating how teenage girls’ daily experiences affect suicidal ideation, thoughts and behaviors, depression symptoms, and well-being.
Participants must be teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 17 years

Participants must be assigned female at birth

Participants must have no metal in the body (e.g. braces)
Compensation will be provided
Study Background
In recent years, adolescents have been experiencing increasing rates of emotional health problems, such as depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-injurious behaviors. We are interested in better understanding how adolescents’ social media experiences, other social interactions, and patterns of brain functioning influence these emotional health problems.

We hope this study will improve our understanding of why some teens go on to develop these problems and other teens do not. Ultimately, we hope this information will help us learn how to improve emotional health in teens.

Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
Our study is aimed at understanding how social media affects teenage girls' brain development and mental health
Is this study for me or my child?
You or your child may qualify for this study if she meets the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Teenage girl between 13-17 years old
  • Struggles with suicidal thoughts and/or self-harm
  • Owns a smartphone
  • Has no metal in her body (can complete an MRI)
  • Assigned female at birth
What will happen if I or my child participates in this study?

Participation involves an MRI scan, interviews, questionnaire, parent-child interaction, and surveys of social media use.

Will there be compensation paid for being in this research study?
Participants will be compensated for their time.
Will it cost anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost to participate in this study.