Anxiety as a Symptom Among Adolescent Females: Sub-Clinical Characteristics and Influences of Parenting and Peer Relationships

Title: Anxiety as a Symptom Among Adolescent Females: Sub-Clinical Characteristics and Influences of Parenting and Peer Relationships

Description: The primary aim of the proposed study is to examine the complex interplay between multiple self, peer, and family variables relative to the development of anxiety symptoms in females. The literature has provided an abundance of evidence to suggest that anxiety related issues and symptoms in adolescence predominately reside in females. Due to these sex differences in anxiety symptom severity during this developmental period, the current study aims to focus on examining the abovementioned variables in a female population. The rationale for developing the proposed model is based on bodies of literature, including (1) developmental psychopathology perspective and cognitive-behavioural theory of anxiety disorders; (2) etiological perspectives of anxiety disorders in youth; (3) research on youth’s emotional distress (i.e., associated cognitive, behavioural, and physiological symptoms), peer relationships, parents anxiety symptoms, and parenting behaviours. The goal of the proposed research is to move towards conceptualizing the development of anxiety symptoms through multiple variables, rather than isolated factors. This examination has the potential to enhance the scientific understanding of the development of sub-clinical anxiety symptoms in youth.

Specifics:
Study Population: Female youth aged 11 to 18 and their parents. Individuals can choose to participate if they experience(d) current/past diagnoses or medical conditions, take prescribed medications, and live in any city or province within Canada.
Participant Obligation: Complete a series of questionnaires via Qualtrics.

Location: Online City - Calgary, AB

Project lead: Victoria Purcell, Supervisor: Jac J.W Andrews

Study Dates: May 4, 2020 to May 14, 2021

Study Website: https://survey.ucalgary.ca/jfe/form/SV_5vfxUiG6mVpgr09