Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 27–38

Methodological Issues in Treatment Research for Anxiety Disorders in Youth

  • Philip C. Kendall
  • Ellen C. Flannery-Schroeder


This article identifies and addresses three methodological domains relevant to the treatment of anxiety disorders in youth: (a) procedural matters, (b) the assessment of anxious distress, and (c) the analysis of treatment-produced change. Procedural topics include the need to manualize treatment, have diversity among participants and comparability of the duration of treatment and control conditions, and control for medication status. Multiple-method measurement issues include child and parent reports, observations, and structured interviewing. Our examination of change issues considers comorbidity, analyzing the intent-to-treat sample, treatment “spillover,” and clinical as well as statistical significance. Problems are identified and potential ameliorative strategies are offered.

Anxiety therapy research methods child treatment clinical and statistical significance anxiety measurement 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip C. Kendall
    • 1
  • Ellen C. Flannery-Schroeder
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTemple UniversityPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Temple UniversityPhiladelphia

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