Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxious Youth: Feasibility and Initial Outcomes
We developed and evaluated a brief (8-session) version of cognitive-behavioral therapy (BCBT) for anxiety disorders in youth ages 6 to 13. This report describes the design and development of the BCBT program and intervention materials (therapist treatment manual and child treatment workbook) and an initial evaluation of child treatment outcomes. Twenty-six children who met diagnostic criteria for a principal anxiety diagnosis of separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and/or social phobia were enrolled. Results suggest that BCBT is a feasible, acceptable, and beneficial treatment for anxious youth. Future research is needed to examine the relative efficacy of BCBT and CBT for child anxiety in a randomized controlled trial. © 2012.
Crawley, SA; Kendall, PC; Benjamin, CL; Brodman, DM; Wei, C; Beidas, RS; Podell, JL; Mauro, C
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