Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group

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Anxiety & Autism

This research study is trying to understand the underlying biological causes of anxiety in children. The study is comparing children with anxiety symptoms who are otherwise developing typically to individuals with autism spectrum disorders who have anxiety. These groups will be compared to groups of children who do not have anxiety. The knowledge gained from this research may help researchers develop targeted treatments for problems related to anxiety.

This study needs individuals between the ages of 7 and 17. Typically developing children with and without problems with anxiety are needed to take part. Children with autism spectrum disorders with and without anxiety problems are also needed to participate. Participants may not have metal in the body (for example, braces).

Families will need to come to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia or in King of Prussia. Children taking part in the research study will receive social, behavioral, intelligence (IQ), and other developmental testing. Children will also have brain imaging and will be asked to give small samples of blood or saliva. Lastly, children will be asked to complete computer tasks while we record basic responses including eye gaze patterns, heart rate, perspiration rate, and breathing. Parents will be asked to answer questions over the phone, in person, and on paper.

Individuals who take part will receive detailed evaluations and reports. There is no cost to participate and insurance will not be billed. Families will be paid for their time and reimbursed for travel costs.

This study is being conducted in collaboration with the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at The Children's Hospital of Philadephia.

Please call 215-746-1230 for more information.




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