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Publications [#275107] of John S. March

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  1. LD Miller, A Laye-Gindhu, Y Liu, JS March, DS Thordarson and EJ Garland (2011). Evaluation of a preventive intervention for child anxiety in two randomized attention-control school trials.. Behav Res Ther, 49(5), 315-323. [21419391], [doi]
    (last updated on 2016/01/27)

    Abstract:
    The present research examined the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) based intervention program, FRIENDS, for children from grades 4 to 6, using random assignment at the school-level and an attention-control design in two longitudinal studies. The first study targeted children with anxiety symptoms (N=191, mean age=10.1) as screened with self, parent, and teacher-reports; the second study took a universal approach with full classrooms of children participating (N=253, mean age=9.8). The results showed no intervention effect in both studies, with children's anxiety symptoms decreasing over time regardless of whether they were in the story-reading (attention control) or FRIENDS condition. The findings also indicated that girls reported a higher level of anxiety than boys and children in higher grades reported lower anxiety relative to younger children in both studies. In addition, similar patterns were found using a subgroup of children with high-anxiety symptoms from both studies.


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