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Evaluating Parenting Styles and Child Temperament Associated With Child Anxiety Disorders

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified February 2013 by Rhode Island Hospital.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Abbe Garcia, Rhode Island Hospital Identifier:
First received: August 14, 2007
Last updated: February 26, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

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

Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Child Anxiety Disorders: Parenting and Temperament Effects

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Further study details as provided by Rhode Island Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Parenting styles and child temperaments associated with child anxiety disorders [ Time Frame: Measured at completion of treatment analysis ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 180
Study Start Date: October 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Primary anxiety disorder
Primary obsessive compulsive disorder
Healthy children with no previous history of an anxiety 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.


Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00517244

Contact: Catherine A. Riffin, AB 401-444-3003
Contact: Nancy C. Haff, AB 401-444-2178

United States, Rhode Island
Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic/Rhode Island Hospital/Brown Medical School Recruiting
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
Contact: Catherine A. Riffin, AB    401-444-3003   
Contact: Nancy C. Haff, AB    401-444-2178   
Principal Investigator: Abbe M. Garcia, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rhode Island Hospital
Principal Investigator: Abbe M. Garcia, PhD Brown Medical School/ Rhode Island Hospital
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Abbe Garcia, Assistant Professor (Research)/Assistant Director Child Outpatient Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital Identifier: NCT00517244     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K23 MH071754, K23MH071754, DDTR B3-PDX
Study First Received: August 14, 2007
Last Updated: February 26, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Rhode Island Hospital:
Healthy Controls

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Mental Disorders
Pathologic Processes processed this record on March 03, 2015