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(p. 251) Prevention of Anxiety Disorders 

(p. 251) Prevention of Anxiety Disorders
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(p. 251) Prevention of Anxiety Disorders
Author(s):

Edna B. Foa

, Martin Franklin

, Richard J. McNally

, Carmen McLean

, and Daniel Pine

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780199928163.003.0011
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date: 15 July 2018

This chapter begins by introducing current thinking on the rationale for preventing anxiety disorders in youth. It explains risk and protective factors in youth and examines symptoms exhibited. An important set of impediments to developing successful prevention intervention is the lack of knowledge about the complex interrelations among the various risk and protective factors for the development of anxiety disorders. Much is known about some specific factors but little is known about how they interact, which leaves the field bereft of a strong theoretical foundation upon which to build prevention programs. This may be why prevention research has continued to languish relative to treatment. There are a number of practical considerations that have stunted the development of prevention programs as well. The chapter outlines these. Therefore, new sources of funding must be identified to generate knowledge that will inform the development of anxiety disorder prevention programs.

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