The role of gender and culture in treating youth with anxiety disorders

Holly Harmon, Audra Langley, Golda S. Ginsburg

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The purpose of this article is to discuss the complexities of working with anxious children and adolescents of diverse cultures within the context of cognitive-behavioral treatment. Our discussion will examine how culture, gender, and minority status affect anxious symptomatology in children and adolescents and how this may be addressed in treatment. The authors discuss the importance of considering the cultural variations in symptom expression, cultural norms and issues of acculturation, effects of discrimination, and finally the ways that gender can moderate symptom expression. Case examples are incorporated into each section. Recommendations include an emphasis on research on working with children of diverse cultures and the need for ongoing training that helps therapists to examine the impact of their own cultural beliefs on clinical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-310
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Anxiety
  • Children
  • Culture
  • Gender
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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