Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Jami M. Furr, Shilpee Tiwari, Cynthia Suveg and Philip C. Kendall

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

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Maladaptive anxiety in youth occurs when the fear associated with a situation or object is disproportionate in the level and duration of distress experienced and to what is developmentally appropriate. This chapter provides an overview of how anxiety in youth is expressed with respect to cognition, physiological arousal, and emotion dysregulation. Next, this chapter reviews the specific symptoms and diagnostic criteria for each of the anxiety disorders that often onset during childhood. It also describes the epidemiology of, and risk factors associated with, anxiety in youth, and reviews the empirical literature on the assessment and treatment of anxiety in youth. Finally, this chapter highlights areas in need of further empirical attention.

Keywords: assessment; child anxiety; cognitive behavioral therapy; epidemiology; treatment

Article.  16675 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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