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Effect of Omega-3 Supplementation on Child Behavior Problems

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: NCT02016079
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 19, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 19, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tashneem Moohamed, Joint Child Health Project, Mauritius

Brief Summary:
The primary purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of omega-3 supplementation on behavior problems in children.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Antisocial Aggressive Externalizing Behavior Problems Internalizing Behavior Problems Dietary Supplement: omega-3 Phase 2 Phase 3

Detailed Description:
This study consists of a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of omega-3 on behavior problems in children. All behavior problem outcomes were assessed, although the primary focus was on antisocial and aggressive behavior.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Controlled Trial of Omega-3 on Child Behavior Problems
Study Start Date : March 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Omega-3
a fruit drink containing omega-3
Dietary Supplement: omega-3
200 ml fruit drink containing omega-3
Other Name: Smartfish

Placebo Comparator: Fruit drink
the same fruit drink given in the experimental arm, but not containing omega-3

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Child Behavior Checklist [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    The outcome measure assessed internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in children

  2. Reactive-Proactive Aggression Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    A self-report measure of reactive and proactive forms of aggressive behavior

  3. Antisocial Personality Screening Device [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    A measure of antisocial personality, with a total score and three subscales: callous-unemotional, impulsivity, narcissism

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. WISC [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    estimate of IQ

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • child
  • age between 8 and 16 years
  • residing in the community

Exclusion Criteria:

  • fish allergy
  • diagnosed mental disorder
  • mental retardation
  • on medication that may modify lipid metabolism
  • extensive use of nutritional supplements within the previous 3 months

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02016079

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Joint Child Health Project
Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
Sponsors and Collaborators
Joint Child Health Project, Mauritius
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Principal Investigator: Tashneem Moohamed, BSc Joint Child Health Project
Principal Investigator: Cyril Dalais, MSc Action Research Program, Educational Priroity Areas, Mauritius
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Tashneem Moohamed, National Director, JCHP, Joint Child Health Project, Mauritius Identifier: NCT02016079    
Other Study ID Numbers: JCHP-01
JCHP-N3 ( Other Identifier: JCHP )
First Posted: December 19, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 19, 2013
Last Verified: December 2013
Keywords provided by Tashneem Moohamed, Joint Child Health Project, Mauritius:
randomized controlled trial
behavior problems
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Problem Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms