Making parenting work for anxious children

Cartwright-Hatton, Samantha (2015) Making parenting work for anxious children. In: The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Occasional Paper. Occasional Papers Series, 88 . The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. ISBN 9781899176243

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Abstract

Anxiety disorders in early and middle childhood are common. Untreated, they are often persistent into adolescence and adulthood and are associated with a range of poor outcomes. Despite this, we have few treatment approaches that are designed for this young age group. There is evidence that anxious children experience the same cognitive distortions as predicted by models of anxiety disorders for adults, therefore, cognitive approaches are likely to be useful. However, delivering standard CBT to this age group is difficult. There is also evidence of parenting differences in anxious children, and some indication that these might be involved in the maintenance of the disorder. Anxious children may be particularly susceptible to parenting influences. Therefore, modifying parenting might also be fruitful in treatment of this age group.
This paper outlines a parenting intervention that is designed specifically for young anxious children. This ten-session programme is designed for delivery to small groups of parents who have an anxious child. The intervention weaves together two strands, namely training in basic cognitive behavioural techniques that parents may use when their children are anxious, and modified behavioural parent training techniques that are designed to provide the child with a warm, calm, clear and consistent environment in which to develop.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 08:10
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 16:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55381

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