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ERIC Number: EJ811141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-1045-3830
The Current State of Empirical Support for the Pharmacological Treatment of Selective Mutism
Carlson, John S.; Mitchell, Angela D.; Segool, Natasha
School Psychology Quarterly, v23 n3 p354-372 Sep 2008
This article reviews the current state of evidence for the psychopharmacological treatment of children diagnosed with selective mutism within the context of its link to social anxiety disorder. An increased focus on potential medication treatment for this disorder has resulted from significant monetary and resource limitations in typical practice, parental choice in utilizing treatment from medical personnel, and children who fail to respond to psychosocial interventions. A total of 21 publications within the English literature were located. From these, data for only 57 children between the ages of 4 to 17 years have been reported, with the majority of studies utilizing single-case design or case study methodology. Yet, pharmacological data appear promising for treatment resistant cases of selective mutism. The need for additional research via efficacy/effectiveness methodologies remains. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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