Mediational effects in cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents

Sandra Williams, Florida International University


The current study examined whether variables that have been found to influence treatment outcome serve as mediators of a child and adolescent cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) anxiety program at multiple time points throughout the intervention. The study also examined mediating variables measured at multiple time points during treatment to determine the time lags necessary for changes in the mediator variable to translate into changes on treatment gains. Participants were 168 youth (ages 6 to 16 years; 54% males) and their mothers who presented to the Child Anxiety and Phobia Program (CAPP) at Florida International University (FIU). ^ Overall, results indicate that the mediators at multiple time points influenced youth anxiety in a fluctuating manner, such that a decrease in skills at one given session caused changes in youth anxiety at a later session. This dynamic between the mediator and outcome may be reflective of the process of therapeutic change and suggests that skills gained from session to session took time to exert their effect on youth anxiety. The methodology employed helps to elucidate how variables mediate treatment outcome in youth anxiety disorders.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Sandra Williams, "Mediational effects in cognitive behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents" (January 1, 2010). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI3447793.

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