Prognostic indicators of treatment response for children with anxiety disorders

Lara J. Farrell, Allison M. Waters, Ella L. Milliner, Thomas H. Ollendick

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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems in youth, affecting 8–27 % of youth (Costello, Egger, & Angold, 2005). These disorders represent serious mental health problems for children and adolescents and lead to daily distress and impairment, peer and social relation problems (Chansky & Kendall, 1997; Langley, Bergman, McCracken, & Piacentini, 2004; Piacentini, Peris, Bergman, Chang, & Jaffer, 2007; Strauss, Forehand, Smith, & Frame, 1986), and significant difficulties in academic achievement (Kessler, Foster, Saunders, & Stand, 1995; King & Ollendick, 1989). Additionally, anxious youth often have poor self-esteem, more physical problems, and greater family conflict and distress than their peers (Ezpeleta, Keeler, Alaatin, Costello, & Angold, 2001; Harter, Conway, & Merikangas, 2003; Strauss, Frame, & Forehand, 1987). If untreated, childhood anxiety disorders tend to be chronic and unremitting in their course (Aschenbrand, Kendall, Webb, Safford, & Flannery-Schroeder, 2003; Keller, et al., 1992; Pine, Cohen, Gurley, Brooks, & Ma, 1998) and predict the development of other psychopathology later in life (Last, Perrin, Herson, & Kazdin, 1996; Woodward & Fergusson, 2001) including depression (Brady & Kendall, 1992; Cole et al., 1998; Pine et al., 1998; Seligman & Ollendick, 1998), externalizing disorders, and substance use disorders (Bittner et al., 2007, Costello et al., 2003, Last et al., 1996).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of treating variants and complications in anxiety disorders
EditorsEric A. Storch, Dean McKay
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781461464570
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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