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NCJ Number: 194425 Find in a Library
Title: Relations Between Anxiety Sensitivity and Panic Symptoms in Nonreferred Children and Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry  Volume:32  Issue:3  Dated:September 2001  Pages:117-136
Author(s): John E. Calamari; Lisa R. Hale; Susan K. Heffelfinger; Amy S. Janeck; Jason J. Lau; Mark A. Weerts; Patricia A. Taglione; Richard L. Schisler
Date Published: September 2001
Page Count: 20
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The studies reported in this article assessed relationships between anxiety sensitivity (AS), the fear of anxiety-related sensations, and panic symptoms in nonreferred children and adolescents.
Abstract: In Study 1 (n=113, mean age, 13.98), scores on the Childhood Anxiety Sensitivity Index (CASI) predicted the experience of uncued panic attacks after controlling for general anxiety and depression, although the total variance accounted for was small. In Study 2 (N=52; mean age, 9.48), the Panic/Agoraphobia subscale of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale was used as the criterion variable. The CASI score again predicted panic symptoms after controlling for trait anxiety and depression. The results of these studies and prior investigations suggest that a relationship exists between panic symptoms and AS as measured with the CASI in children and adolescents. CASI scores predicted unique variance in measures of panic attacks and panic disorder-related experiences. If further study establishes the importance of AS as a risk factor for child and adolescent panic, interventions designed to reduce AS might be structured to prevent the development of panic attacks and anxiety disorders. Suggestions are offered for future research in this area. 5 tables and 63 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Emotional disorders; Psychological evaluation; Treatment techniques
Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the 33rd annual convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, November 1999, Toronto, Canada.
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