Biography and Research Interests
Effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) manualized program for clinically anxious children: a randomized controlled trial.
Postdoctoral fellow – Mélou Jansen, MSc
Postdoctoral fellow – Marleen van Doorn, MSc
Project leader – prof. dr. I.Granic
Project member – dr. Anna Lichtwark-Aschoff
Project member – Rowella Kuijpers, MSc
The main aim of this project is to conduct a Randomized Controlled Trail (RCT) to evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive behavioural therapy manualized program called ‘Denken+ Doen = Durven’ (DDD). This will be tested among 110 clinically anxious children (8-12 years old) referred to one of three mental health care agencies, randomly assigned to the experimental (N = 55, DDD) or to the control condition (N = 55, treatment as usual). Mother and child in both the experimental and control condition will be surveyed at baseline, post treatment and after 6 and 12 months (follow-up). The second aim is to analyze whether there are secondary positive outcomes beside recovery of anxiety. Secondary outcomes (e.g. depression, aggression) will be assessed through parent and teacher reports. The third aim is to analyze the potential mediating influence of alliance and parenting on positive treatment outcomes. More specifically, we expect that a) children in the experimental condition will have significantly less anxiety symptoms after treatment and at the follow-up measurements than children who received treatment as usual, b) children who recover from an anxiety disorder will also show a significant reduction in secondary problem behavior (e.g. depression, aggression), c) children who form a strong alliance with their therapist will have less anxiety symptoms than children who form a less strong alliance, and d) parent-child dyads for those children who improve through therapy will show less parental control and rejection after treatment than at the start of treatment.
Jansen, M., Doorn, M.E.M. van, Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A., Kuijpers, R.C.W.M., Theunissen, H.L.A., Korte, M., Rossum, J. van, Wauben, A. & Granic, I. (2012). Effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) manualized program for clinically anxious children: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 12, art.-16.