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ABSTRACT FROM: Arendt K, Thastum M, Hougaard E. Efficacy of a Danish version of the Cool Kids program: a randomized wait-list controlled trial. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2015. Published Online First.
What is already known on this topic
The Cool Kids anxiety management programme for children and adolescents has demonstrated efficacy in randomised controlled trials compared with waitlist, bibliotherapy and active placebo1–3 at 3-month, 6-month and 12-month follow-ups when conducted in Australia. Further maintenance of treatment gains have been demonstrated with up to 6-year follow-up.4 Although widely used internationally, Cool Kids has not been evaluated outside Australia. Therefore, this study investigated the efficacy of this programme in a Danish population.
Methods of the study
Children and adolescents aged 7–16 years (N=109) were recruited from the local community in Denmark. Children met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for any of the anxiety disorders as …
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