With a little help from FUN FRIENDS young children can overcome anxiety

Carlyle, Donna (2014) With a little help from FUN FRIENDS young children can overcome anxiety. Community practitioner : the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association, 87 (8). pp. 26-29. ISSN 1462-2815

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This paper highlights resilience as a key concept when working with young children to improve their emotional wellbeing and reduce anxieties. Supporting children aged 4-7 years with anxiety is a significant area of advancement in terms of therapeutic approaches over the last decade. This paper outlines one such approach that was implemented within a Tier 2 Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) within the northern region of England to determine whether findings from Australian studies could be replicated in the UK. A pilot study was undertaken with a group of young children aged 4-7 years old with symptoms of anxiety. All of the children had been referred to the service because of anxiety related issues, such as social phobia, generalised anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. They received a group intervention, FUN FRIENDS, over a period of 12 weeks. By enabling the children to become more self-sufficient this allowed greater emotional and social skills development. All the children demonstrated improved anxiety scores post intervention, as measured by the Spence Child Anxiety Scale.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety Disorders/therapy, Child, Child, Preschool, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/methods, Community Mental Health Services/methods, Early Medical Intervention/methods, Female, Friends, Humans, Male, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Self Concept, Social Behavior Disorders/therapy, United Kingdom
Subjects: B700 Nursing
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 09:34
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 20:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41980

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