Call for Participants

Mental Health Research Study

We are seeking emerging adults and their parents for an academic research study. Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, often have an impact on the entire family. This study investigates how emerging adults who have been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder I/II and their parents talk to each other about their journey with a mental health condition.

If you are interested in participating please contact: Please type the words “Mental Health Study” into the subject line. All ages ethnicities and gender expressions are welcome!

  • Be between 18 to 29 years old

  • Have depression or bipolar disorder I/II

  • Have been diagnosed by a mental health professional

  • Have one parent willing to participate with you

  • This parent must be aware of your diagnosis


  • Both people must participate in the survey and study.

  • The study will be conducted three separate times over the course of three months, and requires approximately 1.5 hours total of your time.

    Studies will be conducted via internet in the privacy of your home. Therefore, you must have access to the internet and to Skype/webcam, etc. (Alternative arrangements can also be made in certain situations).

  • Must be willing to be video recorded

The results of your participation will be kept strictly confidential.

Compensation: Each individual will receive $10 for participating in this study ($20) total.

This study will be conducted through the Communication Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is subject to the rules and policies of UCSB Human Subjects Committee. Primary investigator: Callie Parrish, Graduate Student, Department of Communication Co-investigator/Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tamara Afifi, Department of Communication.