How much will I be paid?
will be paid $20 - $30 for the psychiatric interview, depending on
the time taken for the interview. You will be paid $100 for subsequent
participation in the home-visit, lab-visit, and filling out surveys.
If you participate in all stages of the study at 5, 12, and 24 months,
you will receive a total of approximately $390. Spouses/partners
who complete the surveys at 5, 12, and 24-months will receive a total
Q: Are there any risks
or discomfort that I should know about?
A: All procedures
are non-intrusive. Previous work conducted in our laboratory assures
us that while some mothers may initially feel slightly self-conscious
while being observed and filmed, they relax in a short period of
time and enjoy being involved in a study that focuses on their child
and his or her development.
Q: What will the psychiatric
A: You will be asked a series of standard
questions about your feelings and behaviors. The interview can take
anywhere between 30 to 90 minutes. The interview will take place
at the clinical center on NIH's main campus. You will be able to
discuss your concerns with the clinician in the study. We will make
every effort to help you feel comfortable during these interviews.
Q: Will I find out the results
of the psychiatric interview?
A: At the completion of the initial interview,
if findings are suggestive of a condition that may impact your mental
health, we will make the information available to you and refer
you to our study clinician. In consultation with the clinician,
you can arrange any necessary follow-up testing to confirm or clarify
the preliminary findings of our research assessment. However, NIH
will not pay for further medical evaluation and treatment.
Q: What if I have my baby
with me for the interview and I can't get a sitter?
A: You don't have to bring your baby to
the initial consultation, but if you do, childcare will be provided
by our research team at NICHD.
Q: Does this study provide
any kind of treatment?
A: We will not be able to provide ongoing
treatment, but are willing to provide you and if you so desire a
physician designated by you, with feedback about our findings. In
consultation with the physician, you can arrange any necessary follow-up
testing to confirm or clarify the preliminary findings of our research
Q: What will the home visit
A: If you are chosen to continue, we ask
your permission to visit your home for approximately 1 hour to film
you and your baby during your typical daily activities. This visit
will occur when your baby is approximately 5-months old and we simply
ask you to behave as you typically do when you are at home alone
with your baby. At the end of this visit, we will give you a variety
of surveys to fill out at home. If there are ever any questions
that make you feel uncomfortable, you have the option to not answer
them. All of your responses will be confidential. You will be asked
to return all surveys at the time of your next visit with us. At
the end of the home visit we will provide a small toy for your child.
Q: What will the lab visit
A: Within one week of our visit to your
home, we will invite you and your baby to visit our lab one time
for approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival, you will be asked to return
the surveys that were given to you at the home visit. You will then
be asked to interact and play with your baby while s/he is seated
directly in front of you. These sessions will be videotaped and
will take about 20 minutes to complete. If at any time your child
should become too upset to continue, the procedure will stop, and
an attempt will be made to resume after your baby is soothed. Throughout
this visit, there will be several play breaks to refresh your child
and to break up the testing routine.
You and your baby will then be asked to participate
in a variety of filmed situations. We are interested in learning
how different children react to different situations. An example
includes our observation of how babies will react to a toy with
sound and light display. Then your baby will be shown human faces
on the screen to see how s/he responds to them. At the end of this
visit, regardless of your baby's reaction, we will provide you with
useful information on children's development. You will also be paid
$100 for your efforts and our sincere thanks for your valuable participation.
You will be contacted to continue the study
when your child is nearing 12-months and again when s/he is 24-months
old. In addition to repeating the above procedures, we will add
some new measures for toddlers. Your child will engage in a series
of interesting activities that investigate various aspects of early
language and social reasoning. Your payment for participation will
be repeated at the 12-month and 24-month visit.
Q: Where are your NIH offices
A: We are located off the NIH's main campus,
but are still within the city of Bethesda, Maryland. Address: 6705
Rockledge Drive, Suite 8030, Bethesda, MD 20892-7971. We
are accessible by the major highways (I-270, I-495 Capital Beltway),
MD-124 (Old Georgetown Road), and Metro (Medical Center station
on the red line). We will provide you with driving directions and
shuttle schedules from the Metro station before you arrive. Please
visit the CFR
site for directions and visitor information.
Q: Do you provide transportation?
A: We can reimburse you for the cab fare,