Anxiety | A Study Comparing Two Treatments for Child With Anxiety

Anxiety research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

First, can exposure therapy for childhood anxiety begin earlier in the course of treatment than current treatment manuals suggest? Second, is treating childhood anxiety with exposure therapy more effective and efficient than treating childhood anxiety with relaxation training + cognitive restructuring?

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Participants must have: 1. a primary DSM-IV anxiety disorder diagnosis, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social and specific phobias 2. no medication changes were made at least 8 weeks prior to initiating participation in the study and during treatment. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients will be excluded from the study if they meet any of the following criteria: 1. history of and/or current psychosis, autism, bipolar disorder, or current suicidality, oppositional defiant disorder, or eating disorder 2. principal diagnosis other than one of the anxiety disorders listed for inclusion criteria 3. current positive diagnosis in the child's caregiver of mental retardation, psychosis, or other psychiatric disorders or conditions that would limit his/her ability to understand CBT and follow-through with treatment directives.

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Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Experimental treatmentsix sessions of child anxiety treatment

Behavioral:Traditional Treatmentsix sessions of treatment consistent with current practice

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Experimental treatment6 sessions of anxiety treatment

Traditional TreatmentSix sessions of anxiety treatment

Study Status


Start Date: June 2012

Completed Date: August 2014

Phase: Phase 3

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scale

Secondary Outcome: Pediatric Anxiety Rating Scales

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Stephen Whiteside, PhD, LP

Lead Sponsor: Mayo Clinic


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