Cognitive-behavior therapy with and without parental involvement for anxious Chinese adolescents: A randomized controlled trial

Daniel Fu Keung Wong*, Ting Kin Ng, Xiao Yu Zhuang, Paul W.C. Wong, Janet T.Y. Leung, Irene Kit Man Cheung, Philip C. Kendall

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Abstract

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a culturally attuned group cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) intervention for Chinese adolescents at risk for anxiety disorders in Hong Kong and the additive effects of parental involvement. A randomized controlled design was adopted. Assessments were gathered at pre- and posttreatment, and 6-month follow-up. Participants (N = 136) were randomly assigned to (a) CBT plus parental involvement (CBT-PI) (n = 46), (b) CBT (n = 45), and (c) social activity (n = 45) conditions. Data were analyzed according to the intention-to-treat principle using multilevel modeling. The CBT-PI condition showed a greater reduction in physical injury fears compared with the CBT condition. The current findings suggest that involving parents in CBT for Chinese adolescents with anxiety problems may provide a small improvement in treatment efficacy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353–363
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Psychology(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • CBT
  • Parental involvement

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