Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 400–410 | Cite as

Child Anxiety Prevention Study: Impact on Functional Outcomes

  • Jeffrey E. Pella
  • Kelly L. Drake
  • Jenn-Yun Tein
  • Golda S. GinsburgEmail author
Original Article


This study examined the impact of a selective anxiety prevention program for offspring of clinically anxious parents on three domains of child functioning: (1) social, (2) familial, and (3) emotional/behavioral. Dyads were randomized into either the Coping and Promoting Strength program (CAPS; n = 70) or Information Monitoring (IM; n = 66) comparison group. Multi-informant assessments were conducted at baseline, post intervention, and 6 and 12 months follow-ups. Random effects mixed models under the linear growth modeling (LGM) framework was used to assess the impact of CAPS on growth trajectories. Over time, children in the CAPS group had significantly lower anxiety, anxious/depressed symptoms, and lower total behavior problems (parent report), compared to children in IM group. The intervention did not impact other domains assessed (e.g., social functioning), which may be due to “floor effects” on these measures. Longitudinal follow-up data is needed to provide valuable information about this high risk population.


Prevention Child anxiety High risk 



This study was supported by a NIMH Grant (R01 MH077312) awarded to Dr. Golda Ginsburg by the National Institute of Mental Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey E. Pella
    • 1
  • Kelly L. Drake
    • 2
  • Jenn-Yun Tein
    • 3
  • Golda S. Ginsburg
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterWest HartfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesThe Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Prevention Research CenterArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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