I am a doctoral student studying clinical psychology at Argosy University in Seattle. For my dissertation I am conducting a study to gain a better understanding of the effectiveness of mother-infant based intervention. The mother-infant intervention will consist of video-based therapy utilizing an attachment-based focus. I am interested in first time mothers and their children ages 6 – 36 months. I hope you will consider participating in this exciting and important project.
Participation involves an in person video taped interview which will last approximately 2 hours. You will be asked to complete a depression inventory and parenting stress inventory. After this initial intake you will have eight therapy sessions with your infant lasting 1 hour in length. Each session will consist of a 15-minute video taped playtime with your infant. Next, we will watch the videotape together talking about the play interaction. Finally, you will be asked a few questions about your thoughts and feelings about the videotape. The 10th and final session will consist of taking the depression inventory, parenting stress inventory, video taped interview, and a debriefing about your experiences. During the first and last session I will have a research assistant with me to care for your child while we do the interview. Your name will not be on the inventories or the videotapes and will be kept confidential.
Once you start, you may choose to stop participation at any time. Upon successful completion of the study you will be compensated for your time with a $25.00 gift certificate to your choice of either Babies R Us or Safeway. The gift certificate will be given to you at the end of our final session.
I hope you will participate in this project. For more information or if you are interested in participation, please call me at 206.931.2947. The supervisor for this project is Dana P. Waters, Psy.D. ABPP.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.