Research Study in Florida Seeking Participants

University of Miami
Frost School of Music
Research Study:

Infants of Depressed and Non-Depressed Mothers:
Responses to Infant-Directed Singing

Mothers of infants who are 3 to 9 months old are invited to participate in a special research project. The project will examine the ways that mothers and infants interact, when mothers feel depressed or do not feel depressed. All mothers are invited to participate.

As part of this project, you and your infant will be videotaped while you sing to your infant. Your singing voice will also be recorded. In addition, you will complete an informed consent form, a demographic questionnaire and a depression scale. Your parenting skills will not be assessed as part of this project, nor will your musical skills. Ultimately, the results should help determine effective ways that mothers can interact with their infants.

If you would like to participate in this project, please call or email me to make an appointment. The appointment will last no more than one hour and will take place on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. You will need to bring your baby with you to the appointment. At the end of your appointment, you will receive a $25.00 Winn-Dixie gift card and your baby will receive a compact disc of lullabies. You may also receive a free consultation regarding your infant’s behavior.

If you drive to the appointment, you will receive a free parking permit. If you take the Metro-rail to the appointment, you will be reimbursed for two tokens. Your participation in this project is completely voluntary. I look forward to meeting you and your baby!

If you would like to participate in this project, please contact:

Shannon de l’Etoile
Program Director, Music Therapy

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