Research Opportunities

Self Help Approaches for Families to Help Young Children Sleep Better.

What is the purpose of the study?

This study is comparing different ways to assist parents in helping their young children sleep better. When young children sleep better, parents and other caregivers often sleep better. 

Who can participate in this study?

  • Parents or caregivers of children between 6 months and 36 months of age who are interesting in learning about ways to help their child sleep better and want their child to sleep independently.
  • Independently means that the child sleeps outside of your bed AND needs as little help as possible to fall asleep or stay asleep.
  • If you are a parent or caregiver who lives in the same household as the child for at least 4 nights per week with access to a DVD player, internet, and regular access to a telephone, you may qualify for this study.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you do not want to be involved with this study, all regular and standard medical care will still be available to you through your practice and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. You can talk to your regular doctor about clinic-based counseling, which has been previously shown to assist parents in helping young children sleep better. You also have the right to leave this study at any time, even if you agree to join now.

What are the possible risks/discomforts and benefits?

It is possible that you could feel upset when answering questions about you or your child, but it may be more likely that you find the questions a little boring. You do not have to answer any question that you dislike or find upsetting. Possible benefits to you might be learning better ways of helping your child sleep.

You will also be compensated for participation after completing the 3-week survey. 

Who can I contact if I am interested or if I have any questions?

If you would like more information or if you have any questions, please call Jules Arthur, Clinical Research Coordinator at Clinical Research Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at (614) 722-2656.