Parental involvement when conducting cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with anxiety disorders

Cynthia Suveg, Tami L. Roblek, Joanna Robin, Amy Krain, Sasha Aschenbrand, Golda S. Ginsburg

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Discusses the potential roles of parents in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with anxious youth and how parents can both facilitate and/or impede treatment progress. Parents facilitate the attainment of treatment goals by providing invaluable information regarding the child's level of functioning and assisting the therapist with the development and implementation of treatment components such as exposure tasks. Parental involvement in treatment also gives the therapist an opportunity to more fully assess and address family factors that may be maintaining the child's anxiety. Common challenges encountered with parents that may impede treatment progress include rescuing the child from anxious situations, under- or over-involvement in the treatment process, difficulty setting limits, and the presence of parental psychopathology. Finally, the relevance of developmental level, child gender, diagnosis, and the presence of parental psychopathology to the decision of how and when to include parents in treatment is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-299
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Cognitive-behavioral treatment
  • Parental involvement
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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