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Calming Your Anxious Child

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’This book may be a useful resource for parents with an anxious child’

Title: Calming Your Anxious Child

Author: Kathleen Trainor

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Reviewer: Alison Taylor, senior lecturer in child health nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton

What was it like? 

A parent guide to dealing with child anxiety using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. It is written by a US child psychologist and social worker who offers her own seven step method for managing anxiety.

What were the highlights?

The book is methodically structured. It covers several different diagnoses including obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety and tics via a series of family case studies. The author’s method is explained in the context of each family

Strengths & weaknesses:

The book focuses on the parents and then the child in each case study and covers a range of ages. It is a practical guide but there is some explanation of brain function and neural pathways. The aim towards parents means the text is colloquial in tone and it does lack an adequate evidence base. The book heavily leans towards a biomedical approach using the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria common in the US although the author acknowledges the overuse of medication.

Who should read it?

This book may be a useful resource for parents with an anxious child although aspects such as the health care structure and costs of treatment may limit its relevance to families in countries other than US.

calming your anxious child

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