Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Mental Health Difficulties in Children

Authored by: Paul Stallard

The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415584630
eBook ISBN: 9780203117378
Adobe ISBN: 9781136303111


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The last 20 years have seen a growing body of knowledge demonstrating the development and effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) with children. This substantial evidence base has resulted in CBT being recommended by expert groups, e.g. the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), as a first-line treatment for children with depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (NICE 2005a, 2005b, 2006). Similarly, systematic reviews have consistently demonstrated that CBT is effective for the treatment of childhood emotional disorders of anxiety (Cartwright-Hatton et al. 2004; Compton et al. 2004; James et al. 2007) and depression (Weisz et al. 2006; Watanabe et al. 2007; Klein et al. 2007). CBT has therefore established itself as ‘the form of therapy most strongly backed by scientific evidence’ (Graham 2005).

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