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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • KU seeking Latino families of children with mood disorders for study

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  • KU School of Medicine–Wichita researchers are looking for Spanish-speaking families with at least one child age 8 to 12 years old with a mood disorder to participate in a study to help teach parents and children ways of managing mood-disorder symptoms.Participants will receive two free assessments and 20 free therapy sessions. Children and their families may continue any other mental health services or medications during this study. A parent or guardian must participate with the child. Families will receive a $50 gift card after completing each assessment.Mood disorders include depression and bipolar disorder. These conditions occur in approximately 2 percent to 3 percent of children younger than 13 years old.Symptoms may include prolonged sadness, irritability, loss of interest in daily activities, changes in sleep or appetite, suicidal thoughts, elevated moods, and reckless behavior.Those interested in learning more or participating in the study should call 293-2667.The therapy being adapted for this study is “Psychoeducational Psychotherapy.” Dr. Klaus’ project was chosen to be a Frontier’s Pilot Project and grant funding was provided by a contract between the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education (WCGME) and the Kansas Bioscience Authority under the direction of the WCGME Research Council. 

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