ANCHOR LEAD: DEVELOPMENT OF ANXIETY DISORDERS MAY BE PREVENTABLE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Children of parents with an anxiety problem may be up to seven times more likely to develop such a disorder themselves. Now a Johns Hopkins study led by Golda Ginsberg has shown that a simple intervention can reduce that risk significantly.
GINSBERG: We published a study looking at whether an intervention could prevent children whose parents struggle with anxiety from developing anxiety problems themselves. Forty families, half of the families received the intervention, half waited a year. And at the end of the year what we found was that 30% of the kids who did not receive an intervention developed an anxiety disorder over the course of the year. None of the families in the intervention group at the end of the year developed an anxiety disorder. :30
The intervention was cognitive behavioral therapy, and both parents and children were taught new skills. Ginsberg says a larger study and longer follow up period are now underway. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.