Every 12 months, the researchers conduct a comprehensive evaluation, and every six months, the adolescents complete self-report questionnaires. Craske is the study's principal investigator at UCLA, and UCLA psychology professor Constance Hammen is a co-investigator. The study is also being conducted at Northwestern University, where the principal investigators are psychology professors Richard Zinbarg and Susan Mineka.
Co-authors on the new research include Edward Ornitz, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Bruce Naliboff, also of the Semel Institute and co-director of the UCLAVeterans Affairs Center for Neurobiology of Stress.
The longitudinal study marks the first time physiological, cognitive and personality measures, along with life stressors, have been analyzed together, Craske said.
Participants in the study attended a Los Angeles school and a school in Evanston, Ill.; to preserve confidentiality, the researchers are not identifying the schools. The students are now 20 and reside in various areas throughout the U.S.
The study is federally funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the world's largest scientific organization dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder and post-traumatic stress syndrome, are chronic conditi
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