Anxiety Disorders

  • Cheryl Bodiford McNeil
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Although PCIT was originally developed to assist families with young children displaying oppositional behavior, there has recently been increased interest in using PCIT as an early intervention approach for preschoolers experiencing anxiety. There are several reasons why clinicians and researchers have been exploring the use of PCIT with anxiety disorders. First, PCIT is one of the few evidence-based and developmentally appropriate mental health interventions for children between the ages of 2 and 7. Most treatments for anxiety have relied on cognitive-behavior interventions that require meta-cognition and well-developed verbal abilities, making them impractical for use with preschoolers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheryl Bodiford McNeil
    • 1
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Early Childhood Mental Health ServicesMesaUSA

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