The effect of an integrated reading and anxiety intervention for poor readers with anxiety

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Abstract

A recent systematic review has reported that poor reading is reliably associated with anxiety. However, we currently lack evidence-based intervention for children who have both poor reading and anxiety (PRAX). In this study, we tested a new PRAX intervention in 8- to 12-year-old children using a double-baseline intervention case series design. Analyses of both group and individual data revealed that 12 weeks of PRAX intervention significantly improved children's reading and spelling accuracy, and significantly reduced both anxiety disorders and symptoms. These results support PRAX intervention as a treatment for comorbid reading and anxiety problems in children and pave the way to a randomised controlled trial.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere10987
Number of pages30
JournalPeerJ
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2021

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Keywords

  • poor reading
  • anxiety
  • intervention case series
  • treatment

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