Child anxiety, resiliency, and the FRIENDS for Life program

Doyle, Susan (2016) Child anxiety, resiliency, and the FRIENDS for Life program. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed group of mental disorders in children (Kessler et al., 2012). Resiliency, defined as a child’s ability to successfully overcome an adverse event (Newland, 2014) is believed to be comprised of protective factors such as self-esteem and positive coping strategies (Rutter, 1987). These protective factors are related to child anxiety in that their presence or absence may augment or hinder a child’s resiliency towards anxiety-provoking events and situations (Lo Casico, Guzzo, & Pace, 2013; Thorne, Andrews, & Nordstokke, 2013). The FRIENDS for Life (FFL) program is a school-based anxiety prevention program which aims to decrease anxiety and increase resiliency in 8- to 11-year-old children (Barrett & Sonderegger, 2003). Previous studies have shown FFL to be an effective tool in decreasing anxiety and increasing resiliency; however, not all previous studies have utilized control or comparison groups (Brownlee et al., 2013; Neil & Christensen 2007; Stopa, Barrett, & Golingi, 2011). Moreover, existing FRIENDS literature has not previously considered the potential role of parent anxiety in child outcomes. The present study aimed to evaluate child anxiety, resiliency, and parent anxiety in relation to the FFL program while including a no-treatment control group. It was hypothesized that child anxiety would decrease and child resiliency would increase following FFL. Results obtained from a non-identified school-based sample were not entirely consistent with predictions, such that decreases in anxiety and increases in resiliency were observed in both the experimental and control groups.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11958
Item ID: 11958
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 72-86).
Keywords: Child anxiety, FRIENDS for Life Program, Resiliency, Anxiety
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: March 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Anxiety disorders--Prevention; Anxiety in children--Prevention; Resilience (Personality trait) in children; Parent and child

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