for parents in the Teens Study
THANK YOU for participating in our research study! You and your child are making a valuable contribution to understanding the changes during the transition to teenage life. These are exciting and often challenging years where your teenager is cultivating new interests, exploring new friendships, and testing the waters of independence.
It’s common for teens to face emotional ‘ups and downs,’ and even more common for them to keep their worries and struggles to themselves. As part of our research, we study this and screen the questionnaire results about mood and worry for totals that are higher than a designated number. These two questionnaires ask your child about how they have felt over the last week and results can be affected by many things like a sick pet, a tough week at school, or just feeling a little down from the weather.
If we have contacted you, your child scored above the cap at their visit and we are required to notify you. This doesn’t mean you need to do anything, but if you or your child are concerned, we want to provide you with some helpful resources, or invite you to talk with your pediatrician to discuss further.
A resource for young adults that are having a difficult time emotionally:
If you are interested in finding a mental health specialist for your child, here are a few tools:
Psychologist Locator, a service of the American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Organization:http://locator.apa.org/
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Finder, a tool by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP): http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Resources/CAP_Finder.aspx
Find a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, a search tool by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: https://www.findcbt.org/FAT/