I-CAT STUDY: Improving access to Child Anxiety Treatment

On average two children in every UK classroom are experiencing anxieties, fears or worries that significantly affect their day-to-day life. At the moment, only a minority of these children are receiving professional help. We want to help ensure more children who are experiencing anxiety difficulties receive the help they need. Ten primary schools from across England are taking part in the I-CAT study. More than 350 children and their parents and teachers have completed questionnaires about the child’s anxiety. In cases where responses on the questionnaires indicate the child may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, we are following up with families and offering more detailed assessments. We are then interviewing parents of children with an anxiety disorder to find out about their views and experiences of seeking professional help. These interviews are still ongoing but are highlighting the range of difficulties families can face seeking and accessing treatment for anxiety problems in children. Findings from the interviews will be analysed over...
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Improving research through patient involvement

At the end of October a group of teenagers, their parents and researchers from the AnDY unit got together for our first Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group. This is a new and exciting group in which young people and their parents can get involved with helping us carry out research into anxiety and depression in young people. PPI is an active partnership between the researchers, patients and the public and we hope to grow this partnership over the coming year. Research has shown that when researchers and patients and/or the public work together it can ensure that the research is relevant and helpful to those who are receiving treatment. After an ice breaker session making stress balls out of balloons and rice (it’s harder than it sounds!!)  the young people helped design a questionnaire for one of the studies and reviewed a web based programme that helps with sleep while the parents looked at online treatment programmes and a...
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Young Children have social worries too: Validation of the adapted SWQ-P for Children aged 4 to 8 years.

Suzannah presented a fantastic poster at the BABCP conference on her work with adapting a social worries questionnaire for a younger age group. Please read her summary of the poster below. Young children are often described as being shy or quiet around others, but these are informal terms that don’t capture young children’s social worries that go can as far as affecting their daily life. In comparison to middle childhood, relatively little is known about the whether social anxiety changes or stays the same over early childhood. The study the poster described is an initial validation of an adapted version of the Social Worries Questionnaire – parent version (SWQ-P; Spence, 1995). (more…)...
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