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Child Anxiety Prevention (CAPS) Study

Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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Principal Investigator: Golda Ginsburg, Ph. D., Professor
Director, Research, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

STATUS - Recruitment Completed

Children of anxious parents are two to seven times more likely to develop serious problems with anxiety. In an effort to reduce the risk to these children, we are evaluating whether a short-term intervention (8 one-hour sessions) entitled, Coping and Promoting Strength (CAPS) can reduce children’s anxiety and/or prevent them from developing an anxiety disorder.

We are currently recruiting participants for this study. As part of the study, you will receive a free evaluation of your child. Eligible families will receive additional free evaluations over the course of the study (approximately 1 year) and may earn up to $150 for participation. There is no medication involved and the program is free of charge.

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 What happens if I join the study?

Participation in this study will last approximately one year.  Families who contact our staff will complete a brief phone screen.  Eligible families will then complete an in-person evaluation. The evaluation will include interviews, questionnaires, and videotaping you and your child while you play a short game.

BoyAfter the evaluation, if you are eligible to continue in the study, you will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. One group will receive the intervention right away. The other group will receive informational materials to review at home and the intervention after one year. Families receiving the intervention will meet with a study clinician for 8 weekly 1-hour visits, during which you and your child will learn skills to reduce anxiety. After completing the weekly visits, participants will also receive three monthly booster sessions, in which coping skills will be reviewed.

All participants will receive monthly phone calls to monitor children’s anxiety and will complete three additional in person evaluations throughout the year of the study.

Am I eligible?   

You are eligible for our study if you are a parent who reports significant problems with anxiety or have ever been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and have a child between the ages of 7 and 12 who does not have an anxiety disorder (though some amount of anxiety is okay).

Contact Us

Phone: 443-287-4349 or 410-502-6077

Child Anxiety Prevention Study
PI: Golda S. Ginsburg, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
550 N. Broadway, Suite 202
Baltimore, MD 21205