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Familial and Social Environments in the Etiology and Maintenance of Anxiety Disorders

Jennifer L. Hudson and Ronald M. Rapee

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195307030.013.0014

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Familial and Social Environments in the Etiology and Maintenance of Anxiety Disorders

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To understand the variables responsible for the development of anxiety disorders, this chapter reviews data on the influence of both the individual's familial and social environments. Considerably more attention is paid in the literature to understanding the familial rather than the nonfamilial (i.e., social) environment. Nevertheless, data are identified that address the influence not only of parents but also of partners, siblings, peers, and culture. Empirical evidence regarding family and social relationships and treatment outcome for individuals with anxiety disorders is reviewed. Finally, the chapter examines evidence regarding the value of involving the family in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Keywords: anxiety; cultural factors; environment; etiology; family; parent-child attachment; parenting; peers; social relationship; threat information

Article.  13121 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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