Call for women to participate in study on sadness and depression

Date: 23/07/2009

A new University of Western Sydney study will help women to identify and prioritise the things that may help to alleviate sadness or depression.

Dr Helen Vidler, registered psychologist and researcher from the Social Justice Social Change Research Group, is seeking women 18 years of age and older who think they are sad or depressed, to participate in an online study.

"Women have said in earlier research that the experience of being depressed makes them feel powerless and stuck. This can make decisions about what to do next feel too difficult," says Dr Vidler.

"This study is designed to help women identify the sorts of things that may help them to feel less sad or depressed."

While the study does not provide a diagnosis of depression, or offer any treatment, Dr Vidler anticipates women will gain from taking part as the completed survey results will put the experience of being depressed into perspective.

After completing the survey, a summary of results indicating the areas identified as most important, in rank order, will be emailed to the participant.

Dr Vidler says the information can then be used by women to make decisions about what direction to take with any treatment or other course of action that they think may help them.

"Women completing the survey, having prioritised what they can try, will hopefully start to feel they're getting control of their life again," she says.

The study takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and is only offered to women at this time. It is hoped that future research will be conducted with both men and women.

Women can take part in the study via the following link:

The survey will remain open until 30 September, 2009.

For more information or to take part in the study, contact Dr Helen Vidler at



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