An Uncontrolled Investigation of the Feasibility of Parent-Coached Exposure Therapy for Youth with Anxiety Disorders

Elle Brennan, Kim J. Bailey, Bridget K. Biggs, Megan L. Cunningham, Julie E. Dammann, Stephanie T. Reneson-Feeder, Michael S. Tiede, Stephen P.H. Whiteside

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Abstract

While exposure therapy has long been recognized as the gold-standard treatment for anxiety disorders in youth, access to exposure-focused treatment remains limited for many families. A parent-coached exposure therapy (PCET) protocol was designed to ameliorate this deficit, as previously discussed within the framework of individual therapy and a 5-day intensive treatment. The present study describes the application of PCET within a weekly group-based protocol and presents outcomes associated with this treatment model as implemented within an outpatient clinic setting. Preliminary uncontrolled data support potential effectiveness through statistically significant improvement in symptoms and functioning from baseline evaluation to post-treatment, while demonstrating the feasibility of providing exposure-focused treatment in an efficient and scalable format. These results further emphasize the flexible nature of this treatment protocol. Limitations and future directions are discussed which promote continued dissemination of and research on exposure-focused treatment protocols, such as PCET, for childhood anxiety disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Anxiety clinic
  • Child anxiety
  • Exposure therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Treatment effectiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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