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

Paula M. Barrett*, Amanda L. Duffy, Mark R. Dadds, Ronald M. Rapee

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-141
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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