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Social Media-Based Parenting Program for Postpartum Depression

Led By Rhonda Boyd, PhD
Research Sponsored by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Women who screen positive for postpartum depression (score>9) on the EPDS at a participating pediatric practice
Children <8 months old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 12-months
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Study Summary

This trial is testing whether a parenting program combined with online depression treatment leads to more responsive parenting and improved child development compared to depression treatment alone.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for English-speaking women over 18 years old with infants less than 8 months of age, who have internet access and a smartphone or tablet. They must show signs of postpartum depression as indicated by scoring more than 9 on the EPDS.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study tests if a social media-based parenting program combined with an online depression treatment (MoodGym) can improve parenting responsiveness and benefit child language, socioemotional, and cognitive development compared to just treating depression alone.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this trial involves non-medical interventions like a social media-based program and online therapy, typical medical side effects are not expected. However, participants may experience emotional discomfort or stress.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
I scored over 9 on the EPDS, indicating postpartum depression.
My child is younger than 8 months old.
I have an infant who is less than 8 months old.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~12-months
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 12-months for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Changes in parent-child interactions
Secondary outcome measures
Acceptability of the online depression treatment program
Acceptability of the parenting program
Changes in parenting competence
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Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Parenting Program + MoodGymExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
The social media-based parenting program consists of 8 weekly sessions using a Facebook platform with the following topics: depression psychoeducation and behavioral activation, infant temperament, play, feeding, safety, sleep, parent-child interactions, and shared book reading. Participants in the experimental arm will also be enrolled in the online depression treatment program, MoodGym.
Group II: MoodGym AloneActive Control1 Intervention
The MoodGym program is an evidence-based online cognitive behavioral treatment program that has been shown to be effective at reducing depression symptoms in a meta-analysis of 11 trials (g=0.36, 95% CI 0.17-0.56). Moodgym contains five modules with interactive exercises, workbooks, anxiety and depression quizzes, and downloadable relaxation audio files that can be completed online without therapist interaction.
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Social Media-Based Parenting Program

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Who is running the clinical trial?

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)NIH
2,782 Previous Clinical Trials
2,689,017 Total Patients Enrolled
24 Trials studying Postpartum Depression
8,053 Patients Enrolled for Postpartum Depression
Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaLead Sponsor
707 Previous Clinical Trials
8,581,201 Total Patients Enrolled
3 Trials studying Postpartum Depression
155 Patients Enrolled for Postpartum Depression
Rhonda Boyd, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia
4 Previous Clinical Trials
257 Total Patients Enrolled
2 Trials studying Postpartum Depression
115 Patients Enrolled for Postpartum Depression

Media Library

Social Media-Based Parenting Program Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05400161 — N/A
Postpartum Depression Research Study Groups: Parenting Program + MoodGym, MoodGym Alone
Postpartum Depression Clinical Trial 2023: Social Media-Based Parenting Program Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05400161 — N/A
Social Media-Based Parenting Program 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05400161 — N/A

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Are there any opportunities to participate in this clinical experiment?

"Affirmative. According to clinicaltrials.gov, this medical study is currently enlisting individuals for participation and was initially made available on October 24th 2022. 113 patients are being sought from a single site with the most recent update occurring on November 3rd 2022."

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How many study participants are taking part in this research?

"Affirmative. According to information found on clinicaltrials.gov, this medical experiment is open for recruitment. It was initially made available on October 24th 2022 and most recently updated November 3rd 2022, with the aim of enrolling 113 patients at a single site."

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Who else is applying?

What state do they live in?
New Jersey
What site did they apply to?
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
What portion of applicants met pre-screening criteria?
Met criteria
~39 spots leftby May 2025