Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Science


Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Dr. Ava John-Baptiste


The First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) aims to identify and treat youths with mood and anxiety disorders. This research sought to identify factors associated with engagement in FEMAP, based on extensive data collected by FEMAP researchers. A logistic regression model was built from candidate variables using purposeful selection. Of the 366 participants offered treatment, 87% engaged in FEMAP. Quantity of alcohol consumed per occasion, gender, and anxiety sensitivity were found to be significant predictors of engagement. Gender and anxiety sensitivity interacted with each other such that at low anxiety sensitivity levels, the odds of engaging in FEMAP for females was higher than that of males. At high anxiety sensitivity levels, the odds of females engaging was less than that of males. FEMAP may use this information to identify individuals who are less likely to engage in treatment to facilitate improved engagement.