The Effect of Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapy on Children's Non-clinical Anxiety


1 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran

2 Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences


Introduction: The present study aims at determining the efficacy of family based cognitive-behavioral therapy on children's anxiety.Methods: In a quasi-experimental study, 120 girls’ with the ages of 10-11 with scores above 24 on the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale were enrolled. The mothers completed the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale-Parent Version. Mothers and children were randomly assigned to both control and case groups. The case group attended 8 sessions of family based cognitive-behavioral therapy (Cool Kids).Results: The findings showed a significant difference between case and control groups in anxiety, with reduction in the case group. Case group mothers also, reported a significant reduction in their children’s anxiety.Conclusion: Based on these findings, we can apply family based cognitive-behavioral therapy as an effective means of reducing children's anxiety.


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