Prevention of childhood anxiety disorders

Caroline L. Donovan, Susan H. Spence*

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    Anxiety disorders represent one of the most common and debilitating forms of psychopathology in children. While empirical research, mental health funding, and mental health professionals continue to focus on the treatment rather than prevention of anxiety disorders in children, preliminary research presents an optimistic picture for preventative strategies in the future. Knowledge of the risk factors, protective factors, and treatment strategies associated with childhood anxiety disorders, in conjunction with theories regarding the methods, timing, levels, and targets of prevention, equip us well for effectively preventing childhood anxiety disorders in the future. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)509-531
    Number of pages23
    JournalClinical Psychology Review
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000


    • Anxiety
    • Children
    • Prevention
    • Protective factors
    • Risk factors

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