Increasing parent-child agreement for childhood anxiety through educational parent groups

Mary Anne Kish Seibert


Examined whether an educational intervention for parents could increase parent-child agreement for children's anxiety, and possibly depression. Parents (N = 26) who participated in a brief educational session were expected to display a significant increase in their awareness of their children's internalizing symptoms, thereby reducing the difference between parents and child (self) reports of childhood anxiety. No such change was hypothesized for the control group ( N = 25). The educational session was effective in increasing parental knowledge of childhood anxiety, but it failed to result in an increase in parental reporting of childhood anxiety and failed to reduce the difference in parent-child reports of childhood anxiety. Future research efforts are needed to that no child with clinical anxiety is overlooked.