THE STEADY STUDY
WHAT WE STUDY
Our current research study is designed to investigate how mother's own mental health symptoms impact their preschooler's ability to regulate their own emotions.
Moreover, this research study will test whether Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training can improve mental health outcomes in children of emotionally dsyregulated mothers.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
We are looking for mothers who have a 3 year old child and are currently experiencing, or have recently experienced, symptoms of instability in mood, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior for a research study that will include both mother and child.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Mothers will complete a phone screener and full clinical intake to determine eligibility in the study.
Eligible mothers with elevated symptoms will be randomized to receive either DBT Skills Training or continue with their usual family services.
If eligible, mothers and their preschooler will then be scheduled for 4 study assessments over the course of 12 months. Assessments include interviews, questionnaires, and interactive tasks. Study takes place in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, PA. Compensation for study participation provided.