SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Kolomeyer, E., & Rank, K. (2016). Family-based cognitive-behavioral therapy for an intelligent, elementary school-aged child with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 15, 443–458. doi:10.1177/1534650116668046

Learning Objective: 11.3 Show how behavioral and cognitive interventions are used to treat pediatric anxiety and OCD. Evaluate the strength and limitations of medication, psychotherapy, and combined therapy to treat children with anxiety or OCD.

Summary: This case study describes the treatment of an 8-year-old girl with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Following treatment, her symptoms were significantly reduced.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What were Jane’s presenting complaints? How are you able to identify that these are greater than everyday concerns?
  2. Summarize the assessment and case conceptualization. How does this fit with the research and theoretical background provided earlier in the article?
  3. Describe the treatment that she received. How can this case inform further research or interventions with children?

Article 2: Santhanam, R., Fairley, M., & Rogers, M. (2008). Is it trichotillomania? Hair pulling in childhood: A developmental perspective. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 13, 409–418. doi:10.1177/1359104508090604

Learning Objective: 11.2 Describe the key features of OCD in children and adolescents, its primary causes, and related conditions.

Summary: Students are often fascinated by trichotillomania, but it is not commonly covered in great deal in an abnormal child psychology course. This study examined 38 children to develop a framework for understanding this problem in infants, children, and young people.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How do hair pulling symptoms vary by age group?
  2. What interventions would you recommend by age group?
  3. The authors note that this study was exploratory in nature. What would you recommend for a next study? What else should be examined?