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The AADAPT study aims to see whether a new way to support parents aged 16-24 years who are experiencing low mood and stress is helpful. We would like to see whether an online package of information and activities, supported by volunteer parents who were previously young parents themselves (Parent Buddies) is more helpful than a control group. Could you help us by taking part?

What will happen to me if I take part?  

You will first be asked some questions to see if this study is right for you. This will also involve a call with our research team who will ask you some questions about how you are feeling and if you have any previously diagnosed mental health conditions.  

If the research team think the AADAPT study is right for you, you will be asked to fill in some questionnaires at the beginning and end of the study. You will also be asked to record two 5 minute videos of you and your baby playing.  This will help the research team understand more about how babies play with their parents.  You can choose not to make the video recordings but still take part in the other parts of the study. The computer will then randomly put you into one of two groups; your answers to the questionnaires and video will not influence which group the computer puts you in. 


 What are the groups?  

One group is called AADAPT Online:  

  • you will be given access to a website that will provide 6 sessions of information and activities to help with your negative thoughts and feelings as well as some parenting ideas and tips  
  • you will get weekly support from a parent (called a Parent Buddy) who also had their first baby when they were aged 16-24 years old. Parent Buddies have had training from the AADAPT team and will continue to have weekly contact with the team while they are part of the project. 

The second group is called AADAPT Self-Guided: 

you will receive a written copy of the same information and activities as the AADAPT Online group. They will be sent to you in the mail or via email about 12 weeks after you enter the study. They will be yours to keep and you can work through it in your own time and at your own pace. 


What else will I be asked to do? 

In about 12 weeks’ time you will be asked to fill out the same questionnaires again and record another couple of videos of you and your baby playing. 

You will also be invited to take part in a 30-60 minute conversation at the end of the study, which will ask about your experiences of being a young parent with low mood and about taking part in the study. 

Interested in getting involved? Click here for further information:



We are looking for

Parents aged 16 - 24 years who have had a baby born in the last 12 months who feel low in mood.


You will be reimbursed for completing some questionnaires and recording some short videos of you playing with your baby.