PARENTING AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTRE
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Working with Parents to Treat Anxiety-Disordered Children
Anxiety is among the most common psychological problems experienced by children and adolescents. And yet, fewer than 20% of anxiety-disordered youth receive any type of intervention; with this issue of access being arguably the most pressing challenge faced by researchers and clinicians in this field. Partnering with parents is one way to potentially increase families’ access to evidence-based interventions. In this address, an empirical rationale for the importance of parents in the treatment of child anxiety will be provided. A new parenting program – Fear-Less Triple P – will be described, and evidence relating to a parent-oriented approach to the treatment of child anxiety will be presented.