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J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011 Mar;50(3):242-251.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2010.12.015.

A new parenting-based group intervention for young anxious children: results of a randomized controlled trial.

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Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, and School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, Brunswick St., Manchester, UK. sam.cartwright-hatton@manchester.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Despite recent advances, there are still no interventions that have been developed for the specific treatment of young children who have anxiety disorders. This study examined the impact of a new, cognitive-behaviorally based parenting intervention on anxiety symptoms.

METHOD:

Families of 74 anxious children (aged 9 years or less) took part in a randomized controlled trial, which compared the new 10-session, group-format intervention with a wait-list control condition. Outcome measures included blinded diagnostic interview and self-reports from parents and children.

RESULTS:

Intention-to-treat analyses indicated that children whose parent(s) received the intervention were significantly less anxious at the end of the study than those in the control condition. Specifically, 57% of those receiving the new intervention were free of their primary disorder, compared with 15% in the control condition. Moreover, 32% of treated children were free of any anxiety diagnosis at the end of the treatment period, compared with 6% of those in the control group. Treatment gains were maintained at 12-month follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

This new parenting-based intervention may represent an advance in the treatment of this previously neglected group.

PMID:
21334564
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaac.2010.12.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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