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Avoiding Scary Situations May Leave Kids More Anxious: Study

(3/18/2013)

Avoiding Scary Situations May Leave Kids More Anxious: Study
HealthDay News
March 14, 2013

Children who avoid scary situations are more likely to have anxiety, according to researchers who developed a new way to assess avoidance behavior in youngsters.  "This new approach may enable us to identify kids who are at risk for an anxiety disorder," study lead author Stephen Whiteside, a pediatric psychologist with the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, said in a Mayo news release.  "And further, because cognitive behavior therapy focuses on decreasing avoidance behaviors, our approach may also provide a means to evaluate whether current treatment strategies work [the way] we think they do," he added.

View the full article here: http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=674337

 


Keywords: study, scary, situations, children, anxiety



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