Familial and Social Environments in the Etiology and Maintenance of Anxiety Disorders

Jennifer L. Hudson*, Ronald M. Rapee

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To understand the variables responsible for the development of anxiety disorders, this chapter reviews data on the influence of both the individual's familial and social environments. Considerably more attention is paid in the literature to understanding the familial rather than the nonfamilial (i.e., social) environment. Nevertheless, data are identified that address the influence not only of parents but also of partners, siblings, peers, and culture. Empirical evidence regarding family and social relationships and treatment outcome for individuals with anxiety disorders is reviewed. Finally, the chapter examines evidence regarding the value of involving the family in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders
EditorsMartin M. Antony, Murray B. Stein
Place of PublicationOxford; New Yotk
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940141
ISBN (Print)9780195307030
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2008

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