Preschool Shyness Study
Is your child very shy?
Many children feel somewhat nervous when meeting unfamiliar people or encountering new situations. However, some children are so shy and nervous that it can hinder their ability to form meaningful relationships with peers and limits their participation in academics and extracurricular activities.
Drs. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano and Kenneth Rubin are conducting a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study examining two early intervention programs for shy children ages 45 to 64 months (3.5 - 5 years) and their parents. Research has found that both programs are effective in helping children feel less nervous in social situations.
After four years of working with families, we have had over 150 families participate in the study. We have also visited the many different preschools that the children attended to see how they play in their classrooms, allowing us to see how the program may have made a difference for the children and their parents. Over the next year, we will continue to follow up with families to see how children and parents are doing a year after they participate in the groups. We are excited to begin looking at the outcomes of the two treatments we tested!