Cognitive-behavioral treatment of panic disorder in adolescence

Donna B. Pincus, Jill Ehrenreich May, Sarah W. Whitton, Sara G. Mattis, David H. Barlow

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This investigation represents the first randomized controlled trial to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of Panic Control Treatment for Adolescents (PCT-A). Thirteen adolescents, ages 14 to 17, were randomized to 11 weekly sessions of PCT-A treatment, whereas 13 were randomized to a self-monitoring control group. Results indicate that adolescents receiving immediate PCT-A showed a significant reduction in clinician-rated severity of panic disorder and in self-reported anxiety, anxiety sensitivity, and depression, in comparison to control group participants. These treatment gains were maintained at 3 and 6-month follow-up. Clinical severity of panic continued to improve from posttreatment to 3-month follow-up and then remained stable at 6-month follow-up. In light of study limitations, these findings suggest that cognitive-behavioral treatment for panic disorder in adolescence is a feasible and potentially efficacious intervention for this debilitating condition in youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-649
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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