A new parenting-based group intervention for young anxious children: results of a randomized controlled trial

Cartwright-Hatton, Sam, McNally, Deb, Field, Andy P, Rust, Stewart, Laskey, Ben, Dixon, Clare, Gallagher, Bridie, Harrington, Richard, Miller, Chloe, Pemberton, Kathryn, Symes, Wendy, White, Caroline and Woodham, Adrine (2011) A new parenting-based group intervention for young anxious children: results of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 50 (3). pp. 242-251. ISSN 0890-8567

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Despite recent advances, there are still no interventions that have been developed for the specific treatment of young children who have anxiety disorders. This study examined the impact of a new, cognitive–behaviorally based parenting intervention on anxiety symptoms.

Families of 74 anxious children (aged 9 years or less) took part in a randomized controlled trial, which compared the new 10-session, group-format intervention with a wait-list control condition. Outcome measures included blinded diagnostic interview and self-reports from parents and children.

Intention-to-treat analyses indicated that children whose parent(s) received the intervention were significantly less anxious at the end of the study than those in the control condition. Specifically, 57% of those receiving the new intervention were free of their primary disorder, compared with 15% in the control condition. Moreover, 32% of treated children were free of any anxiety diagnosis at the end of the treatment period, compared with 6% of those in the control group. Treatment gains were maintained at 12-month follow-up.

This new parenting-based intervention may represent an advance in the treatment of this previously neglected group. Clinical trial registration information: Anxiety in Young Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a New Cognitive-Behaviourally Based Parenting Intervention; http://www.isrctn.org/; ISRCTN12166762.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: anxiety, parenting, randomized controlled trial
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Samantha Cartwright-Hatton
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:44
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 00:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14179

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