The efficacy of an internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention for child anxiety disorders

March, Sonja, Spence, Susan H. and Donovan, Caroline L. (2009) The efficacy of an internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention for child anxiety disorders. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34 5: 474-487. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsn099


Author March, Sonja
Spence, Susan H.
Donovan, Caroline L.
Title The efficacy of an internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention for child anxiety disorders
Journal name Journal of Pediatric Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0146-8693
1465-735X
Publication date 2009-06
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/jpepsy/jsn099
Volume 34
Issue 5
Start page 474
End page 487
Total pages 14
Editor Dennis Drotar
Place of publication New York
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
C1
Abstract To evaluate the efficacy of an Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to the treatment of child anxiety disorders. Methods Seventy-three children with anxiety disorders, aged 7–12 years, and their parents were randomly assigned to either an Internet-based CBT (NET) or wait-list (WL) condition. Clinical diagnostic assessment and parent and child questionnaires were completed before and after treatment. The NET condition was reassessed at 6-month follow-up. Results At posttreatment assessment, children in the NET condition showed small but significantly greater reductions in anxiety symptoms and increases in functioning than WL participants. These improvements were enhanced during the 6-month follow-up period, with 75% of NET children free of their primary diagnosis. Conclusions Internet delivery of CBT for child anxiety offers promise as a way of increasing access to treatment for this population. Future research is needed to examine ways to increase treatment compliance and further enhance the impact of treatment
Keyword Child Anxiety
Cognitive-behavior Therapy
Computer
Internet
Online therapy
Randomized Clinical-trial
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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