ERIC Number: EJ766088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Self-Statements as a Mediator in Treatment for Youth with Anxiety Disorders
Kendall, Philip C.; Treadwell, Kimberli R. H.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v75 n3 p380-389 Jun 2007
The authors investigated features of self-statements as predictors of anxiety in children with and without anxiety disorder (AD) and as a mediator of treatment of ADs in children. Children (N = 145) between the ages of 9 and 13 years participated (71 AD youth, 84 controls). Self-statements were classified by valence and content. Results indicated that children's anxious, but not positive or depressed, self-statements significantly predicted anxiety in children with and without AD. For children with AD, changes in anxious self-statements mediated treatment gains, replicating a previously reported finding. A states of mind ratio mediated only 1 outcome measure, and positive and depressive cognitions served no mediating role. The impact of anxious self-talk on children's adjustment and implications for cognitive theory of anxiety in children are discussed.
Descriptors: Epistemology, Anxiety, Children, Prediction, Depression (Psychology), Therapy, Outcomes of Treatment, Schemata (Cognition)
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