Family and Peer Involvement in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children

2014-08-27 03:54:45 | BioPortfolio


This study will compare the effectiveness of family- and peer-oriented therapy in treating children with anxiety disorders.


Data suggest that individual Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is effective in reducing anxiety disorders in children. The incorporation of family and peers in a CBT treatment program may be more effective in reducing anxiety symptoms than CBT alone because a child's environment affects the development, course, and outcome of childhood psychopathology and functional status. This study will evaluate the effectiveness of family and peer involvement in CBT treatment.

Children and their parents will be randomly assigned to one of two treatment conditions: Family/Parents CBT (FCBT) or Peer/Group CBT (GCBT) for 14 to 16 weekly sessions. Parent-child relationships are the focus of the FCBT. Parents will be trained to manage their children's anxiety and avoidant behaviors by increasing acceptance and warmth toward their children. Children in the GCBT group will be trained to be more helpful and positive toward other children through role-playing activities. Interviews, questionnaires, and behavior observation tasks will be used to assess participants. All participants will be assessed at pretreatment, post-treatment, and at yearly follow-up visits for 5 years.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Anxiety Disorders


Peer/Group CBT, Family/Parents CBT


Florida International University
United States




National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:54:45-0400

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