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

Donovan, Caroline L. and Spence, Susan H. and March, Sonja (2018) Does an online CBT program for anxiety impact upon sleep programs in anxious youth? In: Sleep and developmental psychopathology. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Milton Park, United Kingdom, pp. 42-52. ISBN 978-1-138-54238-9

Abstract

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: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Additional Information: Originally published as a journal article and converted to a book. Permanent restricted access to Published chapter and Front Matter, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 04:55
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 04:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety, child, sleep, online CBT
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35025

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