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ERIC Number: EJ1099113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1754-730X
Effectiveness of a School-Based Early Intervention CBT Group Programme for Children with Anxiety Aged 5-7 Years
Ruocco, Sylvia; Gordon, Jocelynne; McLean, Louise A.
Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, v9 n1 p29-49 2016
Early manifestations of anxiety in childhood confer significant distress and life interference. This study reports on the first controlled trial of the "Get Lost Mr. Scary" programme, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group intervention for children with anxiety aged 5-7 years. Participants were 134 children (65 males and 69 females) drawn from 23 public schools located in Western Sydney, Australia. A non-randomised control group design was used to assign schools to an intervention group or wait-time control group. Post-intervention results obtained from parent and teacher measures indicated that children who received the intervention showed significant reductions in their anxiety and behaviour symptoms compared to children in the wait-time group who showed no significant change. After receiving the intervention, the wait-time group showed a similar pattern of improvement. At 12-month follow-up, the intervention gains for anxiety were maintained. Clinical implications for the school setting and future directions for research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist
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