Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 318–331

Allergies and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: A Review of the Literature

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10880-006-9026-7

Cite this article as:
Friedman, A.H. & Morris, T.L. J Clin Psychol Med Settings (2006) 13: 318. doi:10.1007/s10880-006-9026-7

There is an increasing prevalence of anxiety disorders and allergic conditions in children and adolescents, with previous research showing that these illnesses are often comorbid. Knowledge of the association between anxiety and allergies in children and adolescents is important because these comorbid disorders may negatively impact functioning and development. This research is necessary for identification of at risk children and to develop intervention and prevention programs. A review of studies examining comorbid anxiety and allergies in children and adolescents demonstrated a consistent association between these disorders despite differences in methodology. Several methodological limitations are presented, followed by a discussion of theories which may explain the association between these conditions. Implications of this work and suggestions for future research are provided.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA