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J Child Neurol. 2011 Jul;26(7):858-65. doi: 10.1177/0883073810397046. Epub 2011 May 9.

Behavior therapy for tics in children: acute and long-term effects on psychiatric and psychosocial functioning.

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA. dwoods@uwm.edu

Abstract

Children (n = 126) ages 9 to 17 years with chronic tic or Tourette disorder were randomly assigned to receive either behavior therapy or a control treatment over 10 weeks. This study examined acute effects of behavior therapy on secondary psychiatric symptoms and psychosocial functioning and long-term effects on these measures for behavior therapy responders only. Baseline and end point assessments conducted by a masked independent evaluator assessed several secondary psychiatric symptoms and measures of psychosocial functioning. Responders to behavior therapy at the end of the acute phase were reassessed at 3-month and 6-month follow-up. Children in the behavior therapy and control conditions did not differentially improve on secondary psychiatric or psychosocial outcome measures at the end of the acute phase. At 6-month posttreatment, positive response to behavior therapy was associated with decreased anxiety, disruptive behavior, and family strain and improved social functioning. Behavior therapy is a tic-specific treatment for children with tic disorders.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00218777.

PMID:
21555779
PMCID:
PMC4007273
DOI:
10.1177/0883073810397046
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