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Experiences of a functional tics diagnosis in adolescents

Experiences of a functional tics diagnosis in adolescents

Posted on 15 November 2023 by Pippa McClounan


Are you a young person who has received a diagnosis of functional tics? Please consider taking part in this study

A team of researchers, clinical psychologists, and trainee clinical psychologists at University College London (UCL) invite young people to take part in a research project. The study is being carried out by two trainee clinical psychologists undertaking the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at UCL.


What is the purpose of this study?

There has been a reported increase in young people experiencing functional tics yet there has not been much research into functional tics. Little is known about how young people and their families experience a functional tics diagnosis and how they have found living with functional tics.

Researchers want to find out what it is like to have functional tics, both from young people diagnosed with functional tics and their parents or carers. This will involve interviewing parents and young people separately. They are interested in understanding you and your child’s experiences of a functional tics diagnosis, how it has impacted you and what might or might not help to support people with functional tics.

This study has been approved by the Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology Research Department’s Ethics Chair.

If your child takes part they will be entered into a £30 prize draw as an acknowledgement of interest in the study.

Recruitment closes end January 2024

Click here for more information about the study

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