The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 345–358

Evaluation of a Primary Prevention Program for Anxiety Disorders Using Story Books with Children Aged 9–12 Years

  • Stéphane Bouchard
  • Jean Gervais
  • Nadia Gagnier
  • Claudie Loranger
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10935-013-0317-0

Cite this article as:
Bouchard, S., Gervais, J., Gagnier, N. et al. J Primary Prevent (2013) 34: 345. doi:10.1007/s10935-013-0317-0

Abstract

This article reports the results of a study evaluating a book-supported primary prevention program “Dominique’s Handy Tricks” for anxiety disorders in children aged 9–12 years. This cognitive-behavioural program is delivered using a combination of storybooks and workshop sessions. The originality of the program comes from the use of storybooks that were not developed specifically for anxiety management. Every session is based on a story describing characters facing common stressors and how they manage to cope with their daily problems. In our randomized control trial with 46 children, participation in the program led to a significant improvement in coping skills, perceived self-efficacy, anxiety sensitivity, as well as in symptoms of anxiety and fear. The theoretical and practical elements underlying the delivery of this primary prevention program are described. Conclusion: It is suggested that such an approach, without any labelling specific to anxiety disorders, can be useful in primary prevention programs.

Keywords

Primary prevention Anxiety disorder Self-efficacy Bibliotherapy Children Anxiety sensitivity 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stéphane Bouchard
    • 1
  • Jean Gervais
    • 1
  • Nadia Gagnier
    • 2
  • Claudie Loranger
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept de Psychoéducation et de psychologieUniversité du Québec en OutaouaisGatineauCanada
  2. 2.Private PracticeMontrealCanada

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