9th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies

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Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Treating Youth Anxiety: A Meta-Regression Analysis of Treatment Components, Modalities and Mode of Delivery

Even though we know that CBT is effective as a treatment package in treating anxiety disorders in children and young people, little is known about which (combination of) components of CBT contribute to its effectiveness. This study explores whether contextual and structural characteristics of CBT treatment packages and CBT components (as derived by a taxonomy of CBT protocols) were associated with CBT 93 outcome in child anxiety. We performed a systematic search in the relevant databases, and 62 articles of randomized controlled trails RCTs were selected by two independent reviewers. RCTS comparing CBT as indicated prevention or treatment, to an inactive intervention (e.g. waitlist, no treatment, monitoring) for (sub)clinical symptoms of anxiety in youth, were included. Data extraction was carried out by two independent researchers. The quality of studies was assessed using the ‘Clinical Trials Assessment Measure for Psychological Treatments’ (CTAM) scale. Cohen’s d was calculated as a measure of effect size for both self- and parent-reported anxiety levels. Treatment outcome was then related to potential main and interacting effects of the structural and contextual factors as well as the CBT components, using metaregression and the novel meta-‘classification and regression trees’ (meta-CART). Results will show if any of the components, contextual factors, or structural factors, or their combination, were associated with changes in child and parent reported child anxiety symptomatology.
Event title9th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
Event typeConference
LocationBerlin, Germany