Community trial of an evidence-based anxiety intervention for children and adolescents (the FRIENDS program): A pilot study

Farrell, Lara J., Barrett, Paula M. and Claassens, Susanne (2005) Community trial of an evidence-based anxiety intervention for children and adolescents (the FRIENDS program): A pilot study. Behaviour Change, 22 4: 236-248.


Author Farrell, Lara J.
Barrett, Paula M.
Claassens, Susanne
Title Community trial of an evidence-based anxiety intervention for children and adolescents (the FRIENDS program): A pilot study
Journal name Behaviour Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0813-4839
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1375/bech.22.4.236
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 236
End page 248
Total pages 13
Place of publication Bowen Hills, Qld., Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract The aim of the current pilot study was to examine the effectiveness of the FRIENDS program (a cognitive–behavioural intervention for children and adolescents with anxiety) within a community-based clinic in Brisbane, Australia. A total of 18 children participated in the study and completed the FRIENDS program at Pathways Health and Research Centre, an innovative research-based psychology clinic for children, adolescents and families. All participants either met criteria for an anxiety disorder (N = 11) or were experiencing subclinical symptoms of anxiety (N = 7) before commencing the intervention. Before and following treatment, participants were assessed using a diagnostic interview and completed a number of self-report questionnaires. Results indicated that 73% of the participants who met criteria for an anxiety disorder before the intervention were diagnosis-free following treatment. Positive treatment effects were also found for questionnaire data, indicating that there were significant reductions on self-report levels of anxiety and depression following treatment. The outcome of this research suggests that the FRIENDS program is an effective treatment for children with anxiety, and results from this community trial replicate findings from controlled treatment trials.
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Institutional Status UQ

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