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Parental Control in the Etiology of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent forms of adult and childhood psychiatric disorders, and they are highly familial. However, the mechanisms of transmission remain unclear. One familial characteristic that may promote the development of anxiety is the construct of parental control. This paper provides a conceptual overview of the construct of control in the parenting and anxiety literatures, reviews existing literature on control in anxious families, and reviews current conceptual models of and developmental approaches to anxiety. Based on the current empirical literature, an elaborated model that takes child developmental level into consideration is proposed in order to provide a better understanding of the role of parental control in the development of anxiety.

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Ballash, N., Leyfer, O., Buckley, A.F. et al. Parental Control in the Etiology of Anxiety. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev 9, 113–133 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10567-006-0007-z

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