Clinical characteristics of anxiety disordered youth

Philip C. Kendall, Scott N. Compton, John T. Walkup, Boris Birmaher, Anne Marie Albano, Joel Sherrill, Golda Ginsburg, Moira Rynn, James McCracken, Elizabeth Gosch, Courtney Keeton, Lindsey Bergman, Dara Sakolsky, Cindy Suveg, Satish Iyengar, John March, John Piacentini

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Reports the characteristics of a large, representative sample of treatment-seeking anxious youth (N=488). Participants, aged 7-17 years (mean 10.7 years), had a principal DSM-IV diagnosis of separation anxiety disorder (SAD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), or social phobia (SP). Although youth with a co-primary diagnosis for which a different disorder-specific treatment would be indicated (e.g., major depressive disorder, substance abuse) were not included, there were few other exclusion criteria. Participants and their parent/guardian underwent an extensive baseline assessment using a broad array of measures capturing diagnostic status, anxiety symptoms and severity, and areas of functional impairment. Means and standard deviations of the measures of psychopathology and data on diagnostic status are provided. The sample had moderate to severe anxiety disorder and was highly comorbid, with 55.3% of participants meeting criteria for at least one non-targeted DSM-IV disorder. Anxiety disorders in youth often do not present as a single/focused disorder: such disorders in youth overlap in symptoms and are highly comorbid among themselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)360-365
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety in children and adolescence
  • Comorbidities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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