Title

Exposure-based cognitive behavioral treatment for phobic and anxiety disorders: treatment effects and maintenance for Hispanic American relative to Euro-American youths

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Major/Program

Psychology

First Advisor's Name

Wendy K. Silverman

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jonathan Tubman

Third Advisor's Name

William Kurtines

Date of Defense

11-20-2002

Abstract

A total of 131 Hispanic American and Euro-American youths (ages 6 to 16 years) who participated in previous clinical trials for phobic and anxiety disorders were compared in terms of treatment gains and maintenance. In terms of treatment gains, the findings indicated that Hispanic American and Euro-American youths responded more similarly than differently to the exposure-based cognitive/behavioral treatments from pre- to post-treatment. This was found using traditional hypotheses testing, calculation of effect sizes, and statistical equivalence testing. In terms of treatment maintenance, the findings also demonstrated that Hispanic American and Euro- American youths responded more similarly than differently, albeit with some variations within specific assessment points. The findings are discussed in terms of the need to evaluate empirically supported treatments for use with ethnic minority populations, particularly Hispanic Americans.

Identifier

FI15101457

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