The Treatment of Anxiety in Young Children: Results of an Open Trial of the Fun FRIENDS Program

Barrett, Paula, Fisak, Brian and Cooper, Marita (2015) The Treatment of Anxiety in Young Children: Results of an Open Trial of the Fun FRIENDS Program. Behaviour Change, 32 4: 231-242. doi:10.1017/bec.2015.12

Author Barrett, Paula
Fisak, Brian
Cooper, Marita
Title The Treatment of Anxiety in Young Children: Results of an Open Trial of the Fun FRIENDS Program
Journal name Behaviour Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2049-7768
Publication date 2015-09-18
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/bec.2015.12
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 32
Issue 4
Start page 231
End page 242
Total pages 12
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Preschool-aged children exhibit a relatively high prevalence rate of anxiety disorders, and the course of these disorders is often chronic. However, surprisingly few studies have focused on the treatment of anxiety in this age group. In response to this limitation, the purpose of the current study was to examine the effectiveness of an open trial of the Fun FRIENDS (FF) program, a downward extension of the FRIENDS programs for preschool-aged children (5–7 years), in a community clinic setting. Method: The sample included 31 children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Treatment consisted of 10 weekly sessions administered in a group format. Parents also received two information sessions. Child anxiety, behavioural inhibition, and resiliency were assessed at preintervention, immediate postintervention, and at 12-month follow-up. Results: Significant decreases in child anxiety and shyness and improvements on measures of resiliency were observed following the completion of treatment. Conclusions: The results of this study provide support for the effectiveness of the Fun FRIENDS program as a treatment for anxiety in young children. Further, this study adds to the relatively small body of research focused on the use of CBT to treat anxiety disorders in this population.
Keyword Anxiety
Early intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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