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Preventing Internalizing in Preadolescents Exposed to Chronic Stress

August 13, 2019



Since factors that bring on stress begin in early childhood, this clinical trial attempts to tackle the issue before it begins. The study is performed on preadolescent in hopes of preventing chronic stress before it begins. By preventing the internalizing emotions they hope to in turn prevent all the health problems associated with chronic stress for a child when they grow older.


Study Information


This is an interventional, randomized, single blind, parallel assignment. Its primary purpose is prevention. The study began in April 2016 and is estimated to be completed by March 2021. There are an estimated 150 participants.


Inclusion Criteria


  • Child must be 11 or 12 years old at the start of their participation
  • The collective income for the family must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Child must speak English
  • Parent must speak English or Spanish


Exclusion Criteria


  • Possesses an intellectual disability
  • Been diagnosed with autism
  • Has a higher level of an anxiety or depressive disorder than the study allows




You may participate in this study at Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., 17104. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Martha E. Wadsworth, Ph.D. at 814-865-2878 or at You may also contact Jarl A Ahlkvist, Ph.D. at 720-220-7736 or at




This study is sponsored by Penn State University. Martha E. Wadsworh, Ph.D serves as the Principal Investigator.

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