Treatment Study for Rural Latino Youth With Anxiety
This pilot study will examine the feasibility of two modes of service delivery (e.g., a minimal therapist contact, self-help program, and a more intensive therapist supported, telephone-based approach) in a rural, primarily Latino, population. These modes of delivery may ultimately improve access to evidence based treatments and mental health outcomes among underserved groups.
Separation Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Behavioral: Therapist-Assisted by Telephone
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Feasible Delivery of CBT for Rural Latino Youth With Anxiety|
- Consumer Satisfaction Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Pre-treatment and Post-treatment (maximum of 6 months after randomization) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
The aim of this pilot study is to understand issues of feasibility rather than formal hypothesis testing.
The construct of acceptability will be evaluated by parents' reports on Consumer Satisfaction Questionnaire (March et al., 1999). Overall mean scores reflecting at least "above average" ratings (5 or greater on Consumer Satisfaction) will be considered acceptable.
- Barriers to Treatment Participation Scale [ Time Frame: Pretreatment & Posttreatment (maximum of 6 months after randomization) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Overall feasibility will be defined as the ability to complete the study procedures and goals in the proposed time frame. Further the feasibility of the program will be evaluated by participants' report on the Barriers to Treatment Participation Scale (Kazdin et al., 1997); overall mean scores reflecting that "barriers" were "never a problem, occasionally a problem or sometimes a problem" will be considered acceptable.
|Study Start Date:||November 2011|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2012|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Child Anxiety Program by Telephone
The child anxiety program by telephone is an adaptation of Ron Rapee's Cool Kids Outreach Program (Lyneham and Rapee, 2006) for child anxiety, with appropriate adaptations made to meet the needs of rural Latino families (including a Spanish translation). This is a parent mediated program, where parents are taught how all the skills of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and how to apply these skills to these children's anxieties. Children are also expected to participate, however all direct contact that a therapist may have, is with the parent only.
Behavioral: Therapist-Assisted by Telephone
Parents will receive educational workbooks and ongoing support over the phone from a child anxiety specialist to learn how to use cognitive behavioral therapy skills to manage their children's fears and worries.
Experimental: Child Anxiety Program- Self Help
Families randomized to the Self-Help CBT condition will receive program materials along with instructions for completing weekly assignments. Specifically, they will receive the same materials as families in the telephone-based condition however in the self-help group, parents and children are expected to read the materials for that week and complete the workbook activities without planned therapist involvement. Instead they will be given the option to initiate a telephone call to the therapist, if they have questions or need extra support.
Parents will receive educational workbooks to learn how to use cognitive behavioral therapy skills to manage their children's fears and worries independently. Parents will have the option to access support over the phone from a child anxiety specialist.
Children with anxiety disorders are often characterized by an unmet need for treatment however, in special populations such as Latino and rural youth, such disparities are compounded by the effects of culture and geographic isolation. More specifically, barriers related to language, stigma, and access often lead to lower rates of utilization and poorer outcomes among children in need of mental health services (Alvidrez and Azocar, 1999; McCabe et al., 2002; Myers et al., 2008; Vega et al., 2001). These findings are disappointing given abundant data supporting the effectiveness of cognitive behavior and behavior therapies for children with anxiety disorders (Barrett et al., 1996; Beidel et al., 2007; Kendall & Southam-Gerow, 1996; Walkup et al., 2008). Efforts to examine feasible methods to deliver evidence-based treatments to children with anxiety disorders are critical in order to extend quality care to underserved groups. The goal of this R34 is to address these disparities, by translating and tailoring an existing child anxiety cognitive behavior therapy program (The Cool Kids Outreach Program; Lyneham and Rapee, 2006), to fit the needs of Spanish-speaking rural families and examining the feasibility, acceptability, tolerability and safety of implementing this intervention using varying modes of delivery.
A pilot study for children (age 8-13) with anxiety disorders (i.e., separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias) will be conducted and 40 children will be randomized to two service delivery modes which represent varying levels of therapist contact: 1) 20 families will be randomized to a telephone-based, therapist-supported CBT program, and; 2) 20 families will be randomized to a more minimal contact bibliotherapy condition (primarily CBT self-help materials). All families will be recruited from primary care settings, given its defacto mental health service status. Feasibility and clinical outcomes will be measured at baseline, midtreatment and post-treatment. Additionally, during exit interviews, participants (as well as those who may have dropped out of the program) will be asked to discuss the perceived usefulness, acceptability, and impact of the intervention. This pilot study will provide important data regarding the feasibility, acceptability, tolerability and safety of the intervention conditions as well as the opportunity to pilot procedures that will be used in a larger effectiveness trial with rural Latino youth.
|Contact: Denise A Chavira, PhD||858-966-7703 ext firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Cristina E Bustos, PhD||858-966-7703 ext email@example.com|
|United States, California|
|University of California, San Diego||Recruiting|
|San Diego, California, United States, 92123|
|Principal Investigator: Denise A Chavira, PhD|
|Principal Investigator:||Denise A Chavira, PhD||University of California, San Diego|