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Participants needed for postnatal depression study

Jul 26 2011

Dr Carmel Loughland

As featured on NBN News last night, Hunter researchers are seeking participants for a new study investigating how parents who may be experiencing postnatal depression understand the facial expressions displayed by their infants.

Postnatal depression affects up 15 per cent of postpartum women, and between 2 and 10 per cent of fathers in the period following the birth of a new child.

The “Visual Perception of Infants’ Emotional Cues in Parents” study is seeking healthy and postnatally depressed parents and their infants, aged between 3 months to 12 months old, who do not have a chronic illness or disability, known neurological condition, severe delay or traumatic brain injury.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact:
Christy Jones
E: Christy.L.Jones@newcastle.edu.au
Ph: 0401 251 851

Participation takes approximately two hours and involves a semi-structured interview, completing computerised tasks, watching faces on a computer screen while your eye movements are recorded, and completing questionnaires.

The research is being conducted by University of Newcastle researchers, Drs Carmel Loughland and Linda Campbell, who are members of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Brain and Mental Health Research Program.

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee, reference number 10/04/21/5.07.