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Targeting Parental Psychopathology in Child Anxiety

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Long Island University, Post Campus, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548, USA.
Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 2.88). 07/2012; 21(3):669-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2012.05.007
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ABSTRACT The increased risk of anxiety in children of parents with psychopathology is a significant public health problem, as early-onset is associated with a variety of difficulties later in life. The aim of this article is to determine if treating parents is associated with improvements in child anxiety through the review of both top-down (parent identified for treatment) and family-focused child anxiety treatment studies. The authors present conclusions based on the state of the current literature, discuss implications for research and clinical practice, and propose utilizing a family-based model for treating parental psychopathology, parental behavior, and child anxiety.

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