Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

A program for managing anxietiy for teenagers with acquired brain injury

A research study at The Royal Children’s Hospital is currently underway aimed at helping teenagers with acquired brain injury (ABI) manage their anxiety. We are looking for teenagers to participate in the study who have had an ABI and are experiencing anxiety.

We know that after an acquired brain injury, some teenagers may experience increased levels of anxiety, for instance, in social situations. So far, very little research has looked at the ways we can help them overcome anxiety difficulties and improve the way they are able to get along with others at school, home and in the community. We have developed a program for managing anxiety for teenagers who have had an acquired brain injury. The program is based on the “Chilled” program which previous research has shown to be helpful for teenagers who do not have an acquired brain injury.

Who can participate?

We would like to hear from you if you or your child:

  1. is aged 12–19 years,
  2. has had an acquired brain injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke),
  3. has difficulties with anxiety, and
  4. the injury/onset occurred more than 6 months ago.

What does it involve?

Teenagers enrolled in the study will participate in a cognitive-behavioural therapy program aimed at reducing their anxiety and to increase his/her participation in everyday activities. The program runs for 11 sessions over 11 weeks.

Want to participate?

For more information, or to express your interest in participating in this study, please contact:

  • Researchers: Irene Dinatale on (03) 9936 6630 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tamera Clancy on (03) 9936 6671 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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