Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
Wendy K. Silverman
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
William M. Kurtines
Third Advisor's Name
Scott L. Fraser
Date of Defense
Worry is the hallmark feature of the anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Little information, however, is available on childhood worry, and when worry may lead to functional impairment. The number, frequency, intensity, and areas of worry were examined in a clinic sample of children with anxiety disorders (n=59) using a structured data gathering procedure. Findings revealed that number of worry increased with age; severity decreased with age. An interaction between age and gender was also found. No differences were found for frequency or intensity. The most common areas of worry were School, Health, and Personal Harm. A link between worry and anxiety was also established as children with Overanxious Disorder (which is characterized by excessive worry) scored higher on all worry parameters relative to children with other types of anxiety disorders. The theoretical and clinical implication of these finding are discussed.
Cumbo, Steven Kent, "Worry, anxiety and their relation in a clinical sample of children with anxiety disorders" (1995). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2689.
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