Comparing outcomes for children with different anxiety disorders following cognitive behavioural therapy

Jennifer L. Hudson*, Ronald M. Rapee, Heidi J. Lyneham, Lauren F. McLellan, Viviana M. Wuthrich, Carolyn A. Schniering

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare treatment outcomes following a group family-based cognitive behavioural therapy for children with different anxiety disorders (social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, specific phobia and obsessive compulsive disorder). Method: This study utilised a clinical sample of 842 children and adolescents (aged between 6 and 18 years) and assessed outcome using diagnostic interview, parent-report and child-report. Results: Based on diagnostic data and parent-reported symptoms, results revealed that children with a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder experienced a slower rate of change and poorer diagnostic outcomes at post treatment and follow-up than children with other anxiety disorders. Children with GAD showed better response to this broad-based intervention and children with OCD showed better response on one measure. Conclusions: This study provides evidence for differential response to broad-based CBT for children, based on type of anxiety diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015

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  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Children
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Social anxiety disorder


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