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Assessment of life interference in anxious children

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  • Ronald Rapee, Macquarie University, Australien
  • Mikael Thastum
  • Denise Chavira, University of California, USA
Mental disorders produce significant impact on people's lives and result in large burden
on individuals and societies. Life interference is also a key factor differentiating sub-clinical difficulties
or personality styles from clinical disorders. This makes the impact and life interference associated
with mental disorders arguably the key issue of relevance to both
sufferers and therapists. Yet among both childhood and adult disorders the primary focus in
terms of assessment and treatment is on symptoms, with far less attention paid to the impact of
these symptoms on the sufferer's life. This imbalance has particularly characterised research on
child anxiety where few studies have examined either the impact of anxiety disorders on
children's lives or the effects of treatments on life interference. To some extent this lack of
attention has come from a lack of well developed measures to assess life interference derived
from symptoms of anxiety. Broader and more general life interference measures tend to have
minimal relevance for children with anxiety disorders.
The current paper will describe two measures of life interference that have been developed at
the Centre for Emotional Health directed at children and adolescents. One measure, the
Children's Anxiety Life Interference Scale (CALIS) was developed to assess interference directly
associated with symptoms of anxiety in children and adolescents, while the other, the
Adolescent Life Interference Scale (ALIS) is a broader measure of life interference of direct
relevance to adolescents. The talk will describe psychometric properties and will then provide a
descriptive coverage of levels of interference associated with different anxiety disorders. Age
differences, gender differences, and additional correlates will be described and use of the
CALIS with samples in other countries will also be described.
StatusUdgivet - 2013
Begivenhed7th World congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies - Lima, Peru
Varighed: 22 jul. 201325 jul. 2013


Konference7th World congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies

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