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Formal Study Name
Relax, Encourage, Appreciate, Communicate, Help
Women & Infants
Research Type
Area of Study
Postpartum Depression
Eligibility Criteria
Pregnant females age 12 to 18 years who:
  • Are less than 24 weeks pregnant.
  • Are not currently being treated for depression.
  • Speak and read English fluently.
Recruitment Status

Study Start Date
Project REACH 2 (Relax, Encourage, Appreciate, Communicate, Help) is a randomized controlled trial, conducted over five yeas, to evaluate whether our novel preventive intervention compared with a didactic attention control reduces the risk of postpartum depression (PPD) in adolescent mothers. The intervention is based on interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and targets those factors that may play a significant role in the development of PPD in adolescent mothers, including poor social support, role transitions and life stressors. The control condition includes didactic prenatal education sessions.
Contact Information
Crystal Ware. study coordinator, (401) 274-1122, ext. 42855