A Longitudinal Follow-up Study Examining Adolescent Depressive Symptoms as a Function of Prior Anxiety Treatment.


University of Pittsburgh, PA. Electronic address: [Email]


Children who are fearful and anxious are at heightened risk for developing depression in adolescence. Treating anxiety disorders in pre-/early adolescence may be one mechanism through which depressive symptoms later in adolescence can be prevented. We hypothesized that anxious youth who responded positively to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety would show reduced onset of depressive symptoms 2 years later compared to treatment nonresponders, and that this effect would be specific to youth treated with CBT compared to an active supportive comparison treatment.


anxiety,cognitive-behavioral therapy,depression,prevention,