Panic in Children and Adolescents

A Developmental Analysis
  • Sara G. Mattis
  • Thomas H. Ollendick
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 19)


Recent literature investigating the prevalence and nature of panic in children and adolescents has suggested that separation anxiety and/or experiences of separation from significant attachment figures in childhood may play an important role in the development of panic (Alessi & Magen, 1988, Biederman, 1987; Bradley & Hood, 1993, Faravelli, Webb, Ambonetti, Fonnesu, & Sessarego, 1985; Hayward, Killen, and Taylor, 1989; Moreau, Weissman, & Warner, 1989; Warren & Zgourides, 1988). The purpose of this chapter is to explore a pathway through which separation in early childhood, conceptualized as a possible source of stress within Barlow’s (1988) model of panic disorder, may lead to the development of panic in later childhood and adolescence. Specifically, variables related to temperament, attachment, and the relationship of these two constructs to the onset of panic disorder will be explored. It will be suggested that such variables may mediate the effects of separation, affecting the likelihood that components of panic etiology, as defined in Barlow’s (1988) model, will develop.


False Alarm Panic Disorder Anxiety Sensitivity Behavioral Inhibition Maternal Separation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara G. Mattis
    • 1
  • Thomas H. Ollendick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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