Description of the Study


My name is Darcey Powell and I am a graduate student in the Life-Span Developmental Psychology program at West Virginia University. For my dissertation research, I am studying how mothers adapt to caring for a new baby, under the supervision of my advisor, Dr. Katherine Karraker.

I am currently seeking expectant mothers interested in participating in an entirely online, longitudinal study. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate, and be living with your partner. Participation in this study involves completing questionnaires once during your 3rd trimester of pregnancy (28 or more weeks along), notifying me when you have given birth, and then completing questionnaires at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks after your baby is born.

At each time point you will be sent a web link* to complete the questionnaires. Questionnaires will ask about such things as your expectations about and experiences with the sharing of infant care-taking tasks with your partner, your readiness for parenting a young infant, your satisfaction and stress associated with the parenting role, and your perceptions of your baby’s personality. 

The questionnaires will take the longest during the first time point (your third trimester) and the last time point (when your baby is 8 weeks old). At those two time points, it will take you approximately an hour to complete the measures. At the other time points (when your baby is 2, 4, and 6 weeks old), it should only take you approximately 30 minutes to complete the measures.

All information that is obtained about you will be kept as confidential as legally possible; your name or other identifying information will not be used in any reports that are released from this study. Your participation is completely voluntary and you would be free to stop participating in the study at any point.

To thank you for your time and participation, at birth, your family will receive a small congratulatory gift. At the completion of your participation in the study (8 weeks after your baby is born), you will also receive a $50 gift card to Amazon, Target, or Toys-R-Us. You just tell us which place you prefer! Should you be unable to participate in each of the time points of data collection, you will receive a reduced amount of money on your gift card, based on the number of time points you completed.

If you are interested in participating in this study, or would like more information, please contact me at (304)435-7744 or email me at Alternately, you can contact my supervisor, Dr. Katherine Karraker, by phone at (304)293-1719 or by email at

All the best,

*Paper copies are available upon request and will be sent with a postage-paid envelope for returning.