Parental anxiety in the treatment of childhood anxiety: A different story three years later

Vanessa E. Cobham, Mark R. Dadds, Susan H. Spence, Brett McDermott

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Abstract

This study reports on the results of a long-term follow-up of 60 (29 girls and 31 boys, all of Caucasian ethnicity) children and adolescents diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and treated 3 years earlier with child-focused cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) or child-focused CBT plus parental anxiety management (PAM). Sixty-seven children aged 7 to -14 years were assigned to either the "child anxiety only" or the "child + parental anxiety" condition based on parents' trait anxiety scores. Within conditions, participants were randomly assigned to one of the two treatment conditions. Results indicated that at follow-up, parental anxiety did not represent a risk factor for children's treatment outcome. In addition at follow-up, children who received the combined CBT + PAM intervention (regardless of parental anxiety status) were significantly more likely to be anxiety diagnosis free compared with children who received the child-focused CBT intervention only.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-420
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

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