Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (GCBT) for Child Anxiety addresses problematic thoughts and behaviours related to anxiety and is delivered in a group format. Children (typical age 10) and parents meet in separate groups with a therapist for 40 minutes followed by a joint meeting for 15 minutes. In GCBT group processes are emphasised, including peer modelling, feedback, support, reinforcement and social comparison. Child and parent sessions run parallel in content. Therapy sessions first focus on the use of parent-child contingency management and contracting procedures, followed by the use of child cognitive self-control training. CBT is administered by trained therapists. Treatments usually include multiple components, such as somatic management, cognitive restructuring and self-talk, exposure to feared stimuli, and positive reinforcement. Examples include the Coping Cat and Coping Koala programmes.
|Target group||Children aged 5-18 (typical age 10) with anxiety|
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Anxiety disorder: -0.95*
*statistically significant at p<0.05
Figure(s) taken from this report.
Meta-analysis updated in August 2013.
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