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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2001 Feb;69(1):135-41.

Cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders in children: long-term (6-year) follow-up.

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  • 1School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Southport, Queensland, Australia. p.barrett@mailbox.gu.edu.au


Authors evaluated the long-term effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for childhood anxiety disorders. Fifty-two clients (aged 14 to 21 years) who had completed treatment an average of 6.17 years earlier were reassessed using diagnostic interviews, clinician ratings, and self- and parent-report measures. Results indicated that 85.7% no longer fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for any anxiety disorder. On a majority of other measures, gains made at 12-month follow-up were maintained. Furthermore, CBT and CBT plus family management were equally effective at long-term follow-up. These findings support the long-term clinical utility of CBT in treating children and adolescents suffering from anxiety disorders.

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