Eight years later: outcomes of CBT-treated versus untreated anxious children
Gili W. Adler Nevo, David Avery, Lisa Fiksenbaum, Alex Kiss, Sandra Mendlowitz, Suneeta Monga and Katharina Manassis
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/brb3.274
Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood and significantly impact life trajectory, but ethical concerns do not enable controlled long-term follow-up of treatment. This study was able to compare outcome of 60 children, diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, who were treated with cognitive–behavioral therapy, with 60 matched controls over an average of 8 years. Results showed a significant decrease in anxiety diagnoses rate in both groups and an inverse relationship between self-efficacy/self-esteem and anxiety levels at LTFU.