Calm Kids Study

Research area: Population Health  | Status: Active

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The Calm Kids project is about anxiety in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Our study aims to see whether treating anxiety in children with ADHD improves child anxiety, as well as broader child and family functioning.
Our study aims to see whether treating anxiety in children with ADHD improves child anxiety, as well as broader child and family functioning.

Overview

The Calm Kids project is about anxiety in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

A large number of children with ADHD also experience anxiety (25-50%). We know that anxiety in children with ADHD makes daily life harder for children and their families. The Calm Kids study aims to see whether treating anxiety in children with ADHD improves child anxiety, as well as broader child and family functioning.

What does the study involve?

The intervention to treat anxiety involves, over the course of 10 sessions, teaching children and parents what anxiety is, what causes anxiety, and what children and parents can do to lessen anxiety.

To know whether the program helps, we need to compare children who receive the program with children who do not. Children are randomly placed in either the ‘Intervention Group’ or the ‘Usual Care Group’.

We also visit our participating families to collect information at 3 time points: at the beginning of the study, after 5 months and after 12 months. At these visits, parents and children complete surveys about child and family functioning, and the children complete thinking and memory tasks on the iPad.

Where are we up to?

Since October 2015, 1061 Victorian families have been invited to learn about the Calm Kids study, and 448 families participated in a screening survey to check for eligibility. Of these, 146 families reported problems with anxiety in their child and 133 of these families have joined the project.

Our participating families are all at different stages of the project – some families have just joined the project, while others have completed their final follow-up!

We invited more families to learn about the Calm Kids study over 2017 and 2018. We hope that 95 more families will join the project.

Research team

Our team is based in the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’ Research Institute.

Principal Investigator

  • Dr Emma Sciberras, Deakin University, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Investigators

  • A/Professor Harriet Hiscock, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Dr Daryl Efron, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Dr Katherine Lee, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Professor Vicki Anderson, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • A/ Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos, Deakin University
  • Professor Jan Nicholson, La Trobe University
  • Professor Ronald Rapee, Macquarie University

Project staff

  • Pooja Patel, Project Coordinator
  • Matthew Bisset, Research Assistant
  • Alex Dawson, Research Assistant
  • Erica Allan, Research Assistant
  • Caitlin Bishop, Research Assistant
  • Alexa Chalmers, Research Assistant
  • Kate Stephens, Research Assistant

Funding

The Calm Kids study is funded by the Besen Family Trust, the Myer Foundation, and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Publications

The Calm Kids study builds on a pilot study conducted in 2013-2014:

Sciberras E, Mulraney M, Anderson V, Rapee R, Nicholson J, Efron D, Lee K, Markopoulos Z, & Hiscock H. Managing anxiety in children with ADHD using cognitive-behavioural therapy: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Attention Disorders. 2015 May 4.

Contact us

Calm Kids Study
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
The Royal Children’s Hospital
50 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052
Australia

Ph: +61 3 9936 6306 or 0416 381 474
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