The Implementation of Modified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Youth with Separation Anxiety Disorder

Donna B. Pincus, Lauren C. Santucci, Jill T. Ehrenreich, Sheila M. Eyberg

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Abstract

Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is the most prevalent anxiety disorder experienced by children, and yet empirical treatment studies of SAD in young children are virtually nonexistent. This paper will describe the development and implementation of an innovative treatment for SAD in young children. First, we will highlight the rationale for developing interventions specifically for SAD in young children. Second, we will describe an existing empirically supported treatment, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT; Brinkmeyer, M. Y., & Eyberg, S.M., (2003)), that may have particular applicability to very young children with SAD and their parents. We present how results from 10 pilot participants were utilized to modify PCIT to better address the needs of children with SAD and their families. The benefits and challenges of implementing this modified version of PCIT are reviewed, along with potential directions for future research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-125
Number of pages8
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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