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(p. 217) Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents 

(p. 217) Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
(p. 217) Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Simon P. Byrne

, Eli R. Lebowitz

, Thomas H. Ollendick

, and Wendy K. Silverman

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date: 20 October 2020

Abstract: Anxiety disorders are among the most common forms of emotional disturbance in children and adolescents. Although mild anxiety is typically transient, clinically severe anxiety is often chronic and can interfere substantially with adaptive functioning. Clinically severe anxiety often has its onset during childhood or adolescence. This chapter focuses on the assessment of anxiety disorders (e.g., separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, and social anxiety disorder) in children and adolescents. It begins with a review of the nature of the disorders, which is followed by a review of clinical assessment instruments designed for the purposes of (a) diagnosis, (b) case conceptualization and treatment planning, and (c) treatment monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations are included for instruments with the greatest scientific support and for assessing anxiety and anxiety-related disorders in a clinically sensitive manner.

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