Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 405-419

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Anxiety, Mood, and Substance Use Disorders in Parents of Children With Anxiety Disorders

  • Alicia A. HughesAffiliated withTemple University Email author 
  • , Jami M. FurrAffiliated withTemple University
  • , Erica D. SoodAffiliated withTemple University
  • , Andrea J. BarmishAffiliated withTemple University
  • , Philip C. KendallAffiliated withTemple University

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Examined the prevalence of anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders in the parents of anxiety disordered (AD) children relative to children with no psychological disorder (NPD). The specificity of relationships between child and parent anxiety disorders was also investigated. Results revealed higher prevalence rates of anxiety disorders in parents of AD children relative to NPD children. Specific child–mother relationships were found between child separation anxiety and panic disorder and maternal panic disorder, as were child and maternal social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and specific phobias. Findings are discussed with reference to theory, clinical implications, and future research needs.


Anxiety Mood Substance use Parents Children