Recruiting Teenagers for a Depression Study

Seattle Children's Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development is testing an online gaming treatment for teens with depression. We are currently recruiting teenagers for this study. You can learn more by reading the information below.

What does depression in teens look like?

Depression affects 30% of teens. However, they may not use the word "depressed." They may feel "sad," "mad," "grouchy" and " irritable" a lot of the time. They may change their behavior and get in trouble more. Parents often wonder what is wrong, but don't know how to help. Teens often do not want to ask for help. They often feel alone.

We are testing an online gaming treatment for teens with depression. It uses two new approaches: a videogame called SPARX and video conferencing (like Skype) to talk with an e-therapist who helps teens to use the SPARX information in daily life.

What Participating Teens Receive

Teens participating in the study receive the following:

  • Seven modules of SPARX: one module every week (seven weeks total)
  • Four teletherapy sessions with an e-therapist: at beginning, twice in the middle and again at the end of SPARX
  • A feedback session with your parent at the end (week eight) to help researchers learn what parts of this approach work best

Is the study free? Will I be compensated for my time?

The study is totally free.

The SPARX sessions and videoconferencing session with the e-therapist are at no charge to you or your family.

There is no cost for the software or other equipment.

You must have a computer and online access.

Teens and parents receive payment for their time:

  • Teens receive a $25 gift card at four times: after the first interview, after completion of the questionnaire at the fourth and eighth weeks and after the feedback session at the end.
  • Parents receive a $25 gift card at two times: after the first interview and after the feedback session.

Learn More

To learn more about the study and how to participate, please email us or call us at 206-221-6631 (toll free: 855-211-208).