Purpose

Investigators propose a cross-sectional, observational pilot study to examine the contribution of stress, family dynamics, and peer relationships to quality of life (QOL) in adolescents with Tourette syndrome (TS). Investigators will recruit two groups of participants: 1) adolescents aged 13-17 years of age with TS and 2) adolescents aged 13-17 without any neurologic or psychiatric diagnoses. Participants and one of their parents/caregivers will complete a series of questionnaires screening for and quantifying the extent of stress and mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Participants will also complete instruments characterizing family interactions and peer relationships. Adolescents with TS will also undergo a semi-structured interview assessing the severity of their tics.

Conditions

Eligibility

Eligible Ages
Between 13 Years and 17 Years
Eligible Genders
All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
No

Inclusion Criteria

for adolescents with TS: - adolescent age 13-17 years of age - adolescent diagnosis of Tourette syndrome (TS) - English-speaking adolescent and caregiver (as validated questionnaires are in English) - adolescent and caregiver willingness and ability to complete relevant questionnaires

Exclusion Criteria

for adolescents with TS: - cognitive or attentional impairment precluding ability of adolescent or caregiver to complete self-report questionnaires - adolescent diagnosis of genetic conditions besides TS and its known comorbidities - adolescent with severe medical conditions unrelated to TS (e.g. uncontrolled seizures, prominent heart conditions) Inclusion Criteria for adolescents without any neurologic or psychiatric diagnoses: - adolescent age 13-17 years of age - no prior neurologic or psychiatric diagnoses - English-speaking adolescent and caregiver - adolescent and caregiver willingness and ability to complete relevant questionnaires Exclusion Criteria for adolescents without any neurologic or psychiatric diagnoses: - cognitive or attentional impairment precluding ability of adolescent or caregiver to complete self-report questionnaires - adolescent with severe medical conditions

Study Design

Phase
Study Type
Observational
Observational Model
Cohort
Time Perspective
Cross-Sectional

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Adolescents with Tourette Syndrome Adolescents (aged 13-17 years) with Tourette Syndrome
Adolescents without any neurologic or psychiatric diagnoses Adolescents (aged 13-17 years) without any neurologic or psychiatric diagnoses

Recruiting Locations

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee 37232-5400
Contact:
Michelle Eckland, BS
615-875-7394
michelle.r.eckland.1@vumc.org

More Details

Status
Recruiting
Sponsor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Study Contact

Michelle Eckland, BS
+1 (615)875-7394
michelle.r.eckland.1@vumc.org

Detailed Description

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a multi-faceted neurodevelopmental disorder with wide-ranging impact on adolescent quality of life (QOL). Comorbid psychiatric and psychological factors exert greater influence on QOL than tics in TS, but the specific role of stress, family dynamics, and peer relationships has been largely overlooked, despite the fact that these factors are known to impact QOL in those with chronic disease. Investigators propose a cross-sectional, observational pilot study to examine the contribution of stress, family dynamics, and peer relationships to QOL in adolescents with TS. The primary goal of this study is to collect sufficient data for hypothesis-generation and power analysis refinement in planning of a larger scale study. Investigators will recruit adolescents aged 13-17 years of age with TS presenting for regular care at the Vanderbilt Pediatric Neurology Clinic. Adolescents without any neurologic or psychiatric diagnoses will be recruited as a control population. Participants and one of their parents/caregivers will complete a series of questionnaires screening for and quantifying the extent of stress and mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Participants will also complete instruments characterizing family interactions and peer relationships. The scale battery can be completed by the adolescent and caregiver in parallel and is anticipated to take 60-75 minutes total to complete. Adolescents with TS will also undergo a semi-structured interview assessing the severity of their tics. The study plans to enroll subjects over a 12-month time frame.

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