EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND MEMORY (ELM) ONLINE STUDY

A research study being conducted through the Affective Neurodevelopment Stream, with collaborations through the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health 

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND MEMORY (ELM) ONLINE STUDY!

Anxiety disorders are widespread and can be extremely debilitating. They are most likely to begin in childhood and adolescence. So, it is important to understand what factors might increase risk for anxiety, and especially in young people.

The ELM online study is investigating how family factors and relationships influence mood and anxiety in youth. This research will allow us to learn more about the environmental factors which influence the expression of anxiety and will help create better interventions for people with anxiety disorders.

For detailed background information about the study, please click here if you are a parent or caregiver, or click here if you are an adolescent. 

To make sure you are eligible, please scroll down!

AM I ELIGIBLE?

To participate in this project we require adolescents and two parents to complete some surveys. If you answer 'YES' to all relevant criteria below, you are eligible for participation in the study!

  • The following three family members are happy to participate:

    • Adolescent: aged 12-16 years.

    • The primary male caregiver of the adolescent (biological, adoptive or step-parent, who has known the child for at least 3 years and/or spends at least 2 days per fortnight with them).

    • The primary female caregiver of the adolescent (biological, adoptive or step-parent, who has known the child for at least 3 years and/or spends at least 2 days per fortnight with them).

  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

  • Live in Australia or New Zealand.

  • Access to the internet and an electronic device (phone, tablet or computer).

Please note: We understand that families can be made up of a number of different parent and child variations; including same sex parents, grandparent or other family member carers, and more. For the purpose of our research, we wish to look at the role of male and female parents on adolescent development. However, we acknowledge that families come in many wonderful and important shapes and sizes. 

 

To learn more about what participation involves, and book yourself in for an initial phone call, please scroll down!

WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION IN THE ELM ONLINE STUDY INVOLVE?

We will first organise a time to speak to you and go over any questions you may have. During this phone or video call, we will need to speak with one parent/caregiver, and the adolescent to make sure you understand what the study involves, and that you agree to participate. 

After we have spoken to you, we will send you an email with three unique links to surveys; one for the adolescent, one for their female parent/caregiver, and one for their male parent/caregiver. These surveys will take approximately 40 minutes for adolescents and 15 minutes for parents.

If you indicate further interest, we may also contact you in 12 months time to provide you with these surveys again. This optional follow- up helps us understand how any changes may impact anxiety!

If you would like to participate, please click here to book an initial phone call!

If you are located in Melbourne and would like to participate in the ELM Study in person, or wish to learn more about our larger study, please click here.

This research project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.