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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2011 Apr;20(2):349-68. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2011.01.008.

Applying cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety to the younger child.

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Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) protocols for anxiety disorders have been shown to have efficacy with older children and adolescents; however, only recently have investigators begun to adapt and pilot such interventions for younger children. This article reviews data suggesting that even very young children can benefit from CBT for anxiety, discusses some of the necessary developmental adaptations when working with children of preschool and early elementary school age, and reviews studies that have implemented CBT for anxiety disorders with youngsters in this age range. The authors conclude with recommendations for future directions for research in this area.

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