Does an online CBT program for anxiety impact upon sleep problems in anxious youth?

Donovan, Caroline L. and Spence, Susan H. and March, Sonja (2017) Does an online CBT program for anxiety impact upon sleep problems in anxious youth? Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46 (2). pp. 211-221. ISSN 1537-4416


This study aimed to assess whether the transdiagnostic therapy elements of an online cognitive behaviour therapy anxiety program also impact on sleep-related problems (SRPs) in anxious youth. Participants were drawn from two previously published studies evaluating online cognitive behaviour therapy for child anxiety (BRAVE-ONLINE). The study included 63 children 7–12 years of age (M = 9.49, SD = 1.37) and 71 adolescents 12–18 years of age (M = 13.90, SD = 1.68). SRPs, severity of anxiety diagnosis, anxiety symptoms, number of diagnoses, depressive symptoms, and global functioning were assessed at pre-, post-, and 6- month follow-up assessment points. SRPs were positively related to anxiety symptoms and severity for children and were positively related to depression for adolescents. SRPs did not differ between male and female participants, between children and adolescents, or between those who had generalised anxiety disorder in their profile and those who did not. Finally, children but not adolescents participating in the online program demonstrated a significantly greater reduction in SRPs from pre- to posttreatment compared to the waitlist group, and these gains were maintained at 6-month follow-up. Treatment focusing on child anxiety alone may reduce SRPs in children but not adolescents. Although further research is clearly needed, clinicians should ensure that they assess for SRPs in their teenage clients and directly target SRPs in treatment where required.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 01:41
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 23:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: online cognitive behaviour therapy anxiety program; sleep-related problems (SRPs); anxious youth
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170299 Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
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: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1188700

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