Preventing Anxiety Disorders in Youth

2014-07-24 14:33:31 | BioPortfolio


This study will determine the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioral therapy program in preventing anxiety disorders in at-risk children.


Community violence is a major public health problem in low-income, urban communities. The mental health impact of living in a violent community is significant, particularly for children. Community violence exposure is associated with various symptoms of anxiety. Unfortunately, little research on the prevention of community-related anxiety in youth has been conducted. This study involves a school-based prevention and cognitive behavioral therapy program that will involve predominantly African American children who live in urban areas and are at risk for developing anxiety disorders.

Children in this study will be randomly assigned to either an anxiety prevention and early intervention group or a nonintervention group for approximately 3 months. Child, parent, and teacher assessments of anxiety symptoms will be made at the end of the study and at a 6-month follow-up visit.

Study Design

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


Anxiety Disorders


Cognitive behavior therapy


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
United States




National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:33:31-0400

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