Making friends with childhood anxiety: an early intervention. Presenters: Ms Jemona Mostert Dr Helene Loxton Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University. Introduction. • Motivation for the study
Ms Jemona Mostert
Dr Helene Loxton
Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Literature suggest a high prevalence of anxiety symptoms among South African youth (inter alia Burkhardt, Loxton, & Muris, 2003 ; Muris, Schmidt, Engelbrecht, & Perold, 2002)
Yet, an early intervention- and prevention programme is lacking
To investigate the effectiveness of a CBT early intervention- and prevention programme in a sample of middle childhood children
• Need for an early intervention and prevention programme
• CBT principles are appropriate for middle childhood children
• Australian FRIENDS program
collaboration and adaption of established programmes?
own program, relevant to the South African context?
Barrett, P.M. (2004). FRIENDS for life: Group leaders’ manual. Bowen Hills, Australia: Australian Academic Press.
Barrett, P.M., & Turner, C.M. (2001). Prevention of anxiety symptoms in primary school children: Preliminary results from a universal school-based trial. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 40, 399-410.
Burkhardt, K., Loxton, H.S., & Muris, P. (2003). Fears and fearfulness in South-African children. Behaviour Change, 20(2), 94-102.
Muris, P., Schmidt, H., Engelbrecht, P., & Perold, M. (2002). DSM-IV defined anxiety disorder symptoms in South African children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41, 1360-1368.