WHAT IS THE UCLA DAYS PROJECT?
UCLA DAYS is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH110476) in an effort to better understand the development of anxiety in children as they transition into adolescence. Participation in the study involves two visits to UCLA for the next three years. During the first visit children receive a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, answer some parent/child questionnaires, play a series of computer tasks, and provide a blood and saliva sample. Kids are also given a special watch called an actigraph to wear for one week at night in between their first and second visit so that we can track their sleep habits. At their second visit children complete an fMRI (brain scan) and play another computer game. Parking during both sessions is free and we compensate families $100 for participation in the study. Families who choose to participate will come back once each year for three years, and they will be compensated for all follow up visits.
WHY STUDY ANXIETY?
Anxiety is the most common mental health problem affecting children and teens. Researchers estimate that as many as one in three kids will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder by the time they are 18. Importantly, although anxiety peaks in adolescence, doctors do not yet know why. DAYS is focused on understanding how the rapid brain development that takes place during the transition to adolescence is linked to anxiety and how it interacts with peer, family, and neighborhood influences over time.
Does your child read and speak English fluently?
Is your child between the ages of between the ages of 9-13?
Is your child able to stay still for more than one hour?
Is your child right-handed?
Is your child metal-free (i.e. no braces or metal implants)?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, your child may be eligible to participate in the study!