Study of Toddler to Teenager Anxiety and Resiliency (STTAR)

Research Summary

Study of Toddler to Teenager Anxiety and Resiliency (STTAR) is a longitudinal follow-up to the Duke Preschool Anxiety Study that took place a decade ago at Duke Primary Care. This study is designed to understand how adolescents (ages 12-18) are influenced by their early life experiences. In particular, we are interested in understanding how our original cohort has been over the last 10 years and how features of early childhood affect a teenager’s emotionality and emotion regulation. In the original study, we analyzed anxiety in preschool children at Duke Primary Care, and now we hope to do a follow up that will allow us to expand on our previous findings. This study involves both parent and adolescent participation to gain a well-rounded view of the child’s development, mood, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. This study also includes structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which will be used to gain a better understanding of the link between cortical development and emotionality.

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Margaret Sheridan, Margaret Redic, Jialin Lu, Lauren Butler, Sophia Martin, Sarah Lempres (Duke), Adjoa Ewool (Duke)