Monograph on Anxiety Disorders in Children

Author: Monica Preboth
Date: August 15, 2000

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have published a new monograph on the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. "Conference on Treating Anxiety Disorders in Youth: Current Problems and Future Solutions" was the result of a working conference held in October 1998 that was cosponsored by the ADAA and NIMH.

The monograph highlights the following areas for future research: improve diagnostic categories to better capture the clinical picture of anxiety disorders in children; expand the number and type of study designs for research on behavioral and pharmacologic treatments; refine measures of effectiveness of treatment to include behavioral observation, laboratory and performance-based measures; and conduct research on risk factors (such as family history, child's temperament, parenting behavior, and academic or social failure experiences) and on the existence and role of protective factors.

The text of the monograph is posted on the ADAA Web site at For more information, contact the ADAA by mail at 11900 Parklawn Dr., Ste. 100, Rockville, MD 20852-2624 or by calling 301-231-9350.

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