Preliminary study of family accommodation in 4-7 year-olds with anxiety: frequency, clinical correlates and treatment response

Sophia Zavrou, Brittany Rudy, Carly Johnco, Eric A. Storch, Adam B. Lewin

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    Abstract

    BACKGROUND:
    Childhood anxiety disorders are common in early childhood and are associated with marked impairment. Family accommodation, which contributes to the maintenance of child anxiety, has only been minimally examined in children under the age of 7 years with anxiety disorders.

    AIMS:
    This study aimed at examining the frequency and clinical correlates of family accommodation in anxious children under the age of 7 years, as well as changes in family accommodation following cognitive-behavioral treatment.

    METHOD:
    Twenty-six children between the ages of 4 and 7 years diagnosed with at least one anxiety disorder participated in this study. A subsample of these children (n = 23) participated in 10 sessions of parent-led exposure therapy or treatment-as-usual (TAU).

    RESULTS:
    Family accommodation occurred in 100% of the sample and was positively correlated with children's externalizing behavior, but not with anxiety severity or parental distress. Family accommodation decreased following cognitive behavioral therapy but not TAU.

    CONCLUSIONS:
    Reductions in family accommodation were associated with greater improvements in child anxiety symptoms following treatment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)365-371
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Mental Health
    Volume28
    Issue number4
    Early online date28 Apr 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2019

    Keywords

    • behavior therapy
    • anxiety
    • young children
    • family accommodation

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