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Q What is the efficacy of parent-directed bibliotherapy for childhood anxiety disorders compared with group cognitive behavioural therapy or waiting list?
Randomised controlled trial.
Single blind (assessors blinded).
Follow up period:
Twelve-week treatment period, plus 12 weeks’ follow up for active treatments.
Community and university research setting in Australia; 1999 to 2003.
267 children aged 6–12 years old, with a principal diagnosis of DSM-IV anxiety disorder (Anxiety Disorders Schedule for DSM-IV, child and parent versions (ADIS-CP)). Children with comorbidities were not excluded unless they were at risk of suicide or needed urgent intervention.
Group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), bibliotherapy, or waiting list. Group CBT: nine two-hour sessions attended by both children and parents over 12 weeks, aimed at the management of childhood anxiety disorders. The programme covered recognition of anxiety, realistic thinking, management strategies and assertiveness, and provided written …
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