Determining the Long-term Effects of Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics: A Nine Year Follow-up of Original Child CBIT Study Participants

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University of California
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Piacentini, John, PhD

Summary: The Tourette Syndrome Association Behavioral Sciences Consortium (TSA-BSC) showed that the Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) is a safe and effective treatment for tics. CBIT is now a front-line and widely-used treatment for tics. Although research shows that CBIT continues to help 6 months after successful treatment and may also help to reduce anxiety, social difficulties, and stress on families, questions remain regarding the long-term benefits of this treatment. This study will contact the original child CBIT study participants, most of whom are now adults, to assess their current tics, related problems and overall functioning. John C. Piacentini, Ph.D.; Matthew Specht, Ph.D.; John Walkup, M.D.; Douglas Woods, Ph.D.; Flint Espil, MS; Susanna Chang, Ph.D. UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Los Angeles, CA Award: $150,000 (3 sites – $50,000 each) Tourette Association of America Inc. – Research Grant Award 2015-2016