Online therapy for youth anxiety works! An overview of the evidence for brave-online and predictors of therapy outcome

March, S. and Donovan, C. and Spence, S. and Anderson, R. and Prosser, S. and Kenardy, J. (2012) Online therapy for youth anxiety works! An overview of the evidence for brave-online and predictors of therapy outcome. In: 20th World Congress of the International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP 2012): Brain, Mind and Development, 21-25 Jul 2012, Paris, France.

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Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent in youth and are associated with significant adverse outcomes. Although the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been well established, many youth, particularly those in rural and remote areas, are unable to access such specialized CBT interventions. Online CBT shows particular promise for young people who are typically technologically proficient. BRAVE-ONLINE is an internet-based CBT program for the treatment of anxiety disorders in youth aged between 7 and 18 years. This paper describes the development and evaluation of BRAVE-ONLINE to date and will present evidence from three randomized controlled trials to support its efficacy. The results of these studies show that the BRAVE-ONLINE program is superior to a wait-list control in reducing anxiety symptoms and demonstrates similar rates of efficacy to clinic-based therapy. In addition, this paper will also present data relating to user feedback and factors predicting therapy outcome (in particular, compliance, working alliance, family factors and diagnostic complexity). Implications for clinical practice will also be discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2012 Published by Elsevier Masson
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2013 05:25
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 02:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety; panic; CBT; teenagers; rual patients; remote locations
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.neurenf.2012.05.554

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