Self-efficacy

A comparison between clinically anxious and non-referred youth

Terri M. Landon, Jill Ehrenreich May, Donna B. Pincus

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Abstract

Although diminished self-efficacy has been linked to childhood psychopathology, including depression, it has only recently been studied in relation to childhood anxiety disorders. This study examines the relationship between self-efficacy and self-reported anxiety in children who have been referred for an assessment and possible treatment of anxiety symptoms as well as a comparison group of non-referred children. A self-efficacy questionnaire for children and a childhood anxiety measure were administered to a group of children referred for assessment and treatment of a clinical anxiety disorder (n = 50) and a non-referred control group (n = 50). Results indicate that the two samples differed significantly on measures of emotional self-efficacy, but not in terms of self-reported anxiety or other self-efficacy domains. Potential explanations for observed findings are discussed, including the possibility that self-reports of emotional self-efficacy in children may vary by clinical or referral status, amongst those reporting higher levels of anxiety overall.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-45
Number of pages15
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Children
  • Referral status
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Self-efficacy : A comparison between clinically anxious and non-referred youth. / Landon, Terri M.; Ehrenreich May, Jill; Pincus, Donna B.

In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Vol. 38, No. 1, 01.06.2007, p. 31-45.

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