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1st Edition

Children's Anxiety
A Contextual Approach

Edited By

Peter Appleton

ISBN 9780415459440
Published May 13, 2008 by Routledge
200 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Children’s Anxiety: A Contextual Approach provides an introduction to anxiety in children and teenagers, emphasising the importance of understanding the life circumstances of young people. The book provides an up-to-date account of research on the developmental, familial and social context of child anxiety, along with nine vibrant and detailed case studies illustrating the ways in which young people can be helped to deal with serious and complex anxiety problems.

In order to begin to understand complex anxiety within children’s life circumstances Part One of the book provides the reader with a developmental framework for thinking about children’s anxiety. Part Two then presents nine in depth case studies, organised not by the type or nature of anxiety but by the context within which problematic anxiety can occur. Part Three acts as a summary of the key points emerging from the clinical case studies.

This book will be essential reading for those working and training in the specialist field of child mental health, as well as community and hospital professionals working with children and young people, including teachers, doctors, social workers and nurses.

Table of Contents

Part I: Appleton, A Developmental Framework for Understanding Children’s Anxiety. Appleton, Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Brief Outline. Appleton, Help for Children Experiencing Severe and Complex Anxiety: A Brief Outline. Part II: Trickey, Experiencing Refugee Status After Previous Trauma. Richardson, Edge, Foster Family Change and Transition for a Looked-after Child. Bryon, Prevention of Disabling Fear and Anxiety in a Young Child and Family: A Case Illustration Following a Traumatic Accident. Appleton, Co-occuring Aggressive Behaviour and Anxiety – At Home and School: Developing a Formulation. Humphrey, Anxiety and Asperger’s Syndrome. Bell, Complex Anxiety in an Adolescent with a Learning Disability: The Girl Who Split Off Her Stupidity. White, Jackson, Health Anxieties Within a Family Context. Appleton, Panic Disorder in the Context of Family Change and Transition. Appleton, Gaining Autonomy and Independence, Following Earlier Experiences of Maltreatment and Peer Victimisation. Part III: Appleton, Conclusion.

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Peter Appleton, chartered clinical psychologist, Cambridge, UK and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust.


"In this outstanding volume Peter Appleton and his colleagues show that to understand and treat a child's anxiety, it is essential to take account of the social context within which it occurs - whether it be war, domestic violence, child abuse, out-of-home placement, parental separation, parental mental health problems or childhood disability. This book presents a developmental and systemic framework for conceptualizing children's anxieties, and a fascinating series of complex case studies written by experienced clinicians. 'Children's Anxiety' will be of interest to all mental health professionals who provide clinical services to young people in clinical and educational settings." - Alan Carr, Professor Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland

"This book provides a refreshing approach towards understanding the development and maintenance of anxiety in children, with chapters organized around individuals rather than types of disorder. Nine chapters, each by an expert clinician, present case studies emphasizing developmental context and set within a range of theoretical and clinical orientations. The volume forms a coherent whole, with three comprehensive introductory chapters and a final chapter of unifying conclusions. An excellent, thought-provoking book, for research workers as well as clinicians, and indeed anyone interested in the psychology of anxiety." - Joan Stevenson-Hinde, Emeritus Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK

Congratulations to Peter Appleton for writing, editing, and gathering state of the art, in-depth information about contextual issues in the area of childhood anxiety disorders. This book is an excellent resource for both clinicians and academics. The variety of chapters across a broad range of childhood anxiety disorders advances our knowledge not only about "what to do" but "how to do it", and the important consideration of family factors as well as preventative strategies. I strongly recommend the use of this book in postgraduate clinical training courses as well as a very useful tool for clinicians across mental health disciplines.’ - Paula Barrett, Professor of Education, University of Queensland, Australia