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‘Timid to Tiger’ group parenting training reduces anxiety diagnoses in 3–9-year-olds

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Question: Does a cognitive-behavioural based group parenting intervention relieve anxiety in children with anxiety disorders?

Patients: Families of 74 children below 9 years of age (range 2.7–9 years, average 6.6 years) who had levels of anxiety at or above clinical cut-off of Parent Reported Child Behavior Checklist and appeared likely to have an anxiety disorder on preliminary interview with a clinical psychologist. Parents or children with moderate to severe learning difficulties were excluded, as were children with moderate to severe autistic spectrum disorder (assessed by clinical psychologist).

Setting: The Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Manchester, UK; recruitment 2006–2008.

Intervention: ‘Timid to Tiger’ parenting intervention or waiting list control for 10 weeks. The parenting intervention was a manualised, group, 10-session course for parents. It was delivered by two clinical psychologists and attended by three to seven families per course. The course targeted providing children with a warm, calm and predictable home environment and helping parents to manage children's anxiety symptoms using cognitive-behavioural skills.

Outcomes: Child's anxiety diagnosis assessed by a blinded diagnostic interview (Anxiety …

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