Title

Principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders in children

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2006

Abstract

This article elucidates the theoretical underpinnings of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) as applied to the treatment of anxiety disorders in children, focusing on social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder. It reviews behavioral and cognitive theories that have influenced this approach. We argue that it is necessary to understand the essential components of this approach in the context of these theories in order to provide effective, clinically sensitive, and child-focused treatment. Components discussed include assessment, psychoeducation, affective education, self-instruction training, cognitive restructuring, problem solving, relaxation training, modeling, contingency management, and exposure procedures. Hypothesized key processes, such as the need to be experiential in treatment, are presented for consideration. © 2006 Springer Publishing Company.

Publication Title

Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Volume

20

Issue

3

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