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Evaluating Parenting Styles and Child Temperament Associated With Child Anxiety Disorders

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00517244
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 16, 2007
Last Update Posted : March 11, 2016
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Abbe Garcia, Rhode Island Hospital

Brief Summary:
This study will look at similarities and differences in family processes and child temperament among children with and without symptoms of anxiety disorders.

Condition or disease
Anxiety Disorders Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Detailed Description:

Anxiety disorders are among the most common childhood disorders. Although anxiety is a normal part of life and growing up, for some children this anxiety becomes chronic, relentless, and progressively worse if left untreated. Physical symptoms typically accompany the intense anxiety caused by the disorder, and may include blushing, profuse sweating, trembling, nausea, and difficulty talking. Effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and research continues to yield new, improved therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders to lead productive, fulfilling lives. This study will look at similarities and differences in family processes and child temperament among children with and without symptoms of anxiety disorders. Results from this study may improve future treatment of children with anxiety disorders.

Families participating in this observational study will be mailed parent and child questionnaires that should be completed prior to the first study session. The child questionnaires will ask for information regarding the child's feelings and family interactions. Parent questionnaires will ask for information about their own personal feelings as well as the child's feelings, symptoms, and behaviors. Study participation will last 2 days. On the first day of the study, families will undergo a 3-hour diagnostic interview in which questions similar to those found on the questionnaires will be revisited. On the second day, mothers and their children will participate in three different observation tasks that explore how families interact and respond to certain situations. These tasks may include discussing certain anxiety-provoking situations, putting puzzles together, and creating an ending to a story. Before each task, the child will be placed alone in a separate room where the child will be asked to relax. Throughout the tasks, the child's heart rate and breathing will be recorded by a machine. The tasks will be videotaped but will be viewed only by research staff for data analysis purposes and to ensure that all safety procedures were followed. Upon study completion, if it appears that a child has an anxiety disorder, parents of the child will be notified and will receive treatment referrals as needed.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 180 participants
Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Child Anxiety Disorders: Parenting and Temperament Effects
Study Start Date : October 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2014

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety Parenting

Primary anxiety disorder
Primary obsessive compulsive disorder
Healthy children with no previous history of an anxiety disorder

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Parenting styles and child temperaments associated with child anxiety disorders [ Time Frame: Measured at completion of treatment analysis ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Community Sample

Inclusion Criteria for Children:

  • English-speaking

Exclusion Criteria Children:

  • Mental retardation
  • Current or past diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders
  • Current or past diagnosis of psychotic disorders

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00517244

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United States, Rhode Island
Pediatric Anxiety Research Center/Bradley Hospital/Brown Medical School
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rhode Island Hospital
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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Principal Investigator: Abbe M. Garcia, PhD Brown Medical School/ Rhode Island Hospital
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Abbe Garcia, Assistant Professor (Research)/Assistant Director Child Outpatient Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital Identifier: NCT00517244    
Other Study ID Numbers: K23MH071754 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
K23MH071754 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: August 16, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 11, 2016
Last Verified: March 2016
Keywords provided by Abbe Garcia, Rhode Island Hospital:
Healthy Controls
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Anxiety Disorders
Compulsive Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Mental Disorders
Personality Disorders