Abstract and Keywords
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems affecting children and youth today. Prevention approaches offer an alternative and adjunct to treatment, and have become a priority for governments, offering a cost-effective and efficient means of providing services to children and youth prior to the onset of psychopathology. This chapter presents a review of current prevention strategies for anxiety disorders and examines the role of risk and protective factors in the development of anxiety. Current evidence-based prevention strategies are discussed at an indicated, selective, and universal level of prevention. Cognitive behavioral approaches to anxiety prevention are discussed based on a model of risk and resilience. Future directions for prevention practice and research are highlighted.
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