A randomized controlled trial of an audio-based treatment program for child anxiety disorders

Infantino, Alyssa and Donovan, Caroline L. and March, Sonja (2016) A randomized controlled trial of an audio-based treatment program for child anxiety disorders. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 79. pp. 35-45. ISSN 0005-7967


The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of an audio-based cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) program for child anxiety disorders. Twenty-four children aged 5e11 years were randomly allocated into either the audio-based CBT program condition (Audio, n ¼ 12) or a waitlist control (WL; n ¼ 12) group. Outcome measures included a clinical diagnostic interview, clinician-rated global assessment of functioning, and parent and child self-report ratings of anxiety and internalisation. Assessments were conducted prior to treatment, 12 weeks following treatment, and at 3-month follow-up. Results indicated that at post-assessment, 58.3% of children receiving treatment compared to 16.7% of waitlist children were free of their primary diagnosis, with this figure rising to 66.67% at the 3-month
follow-up time point. Additionally, at post-assessment, 25.0% of children in the treatment condition compared to .0% of the waitlist condition were free of all anxiety diagnoses, with this figure rising to 41.67% for the treatment group at 3-month follow-up. Overall, the findings suggest that the audio program tested in this study has the potential to be an efficacious treatment alternative for anxious children.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: First place winner for the USQ School-Specific 2016 Publication Excellence Awards for Journal Articles - School of Psychology and Counselling. Files associated with this item cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 04:32
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2017 02:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety; children; cognitive behavior therapy; audio; treatment
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
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.brat.2016.02.007
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28973

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