The jitters children face as a new school year approaches can usually be shrugged away as end-of-summer blues. But for as much as 18 percent of children, those jitters may actually be anxiety, a disorder characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of events or activities. And as the first day of school approaches, children with anxiety may start to exhibit increasingly pronounced symptoms.
The Child and Anxiety Phobia Program is beginning the second year of a clinical trial, and researchers are looking for more participants from the FIU community and surrounding area. The program is part of FIU’s Child and Family Psychosocial Research Center (CFPRC) and Department of Psychology, which received a $3.3 million grant last October to take a close look at anxiety problems among children.