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date: 20 September 2019

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Maladaptive anxiety in youth occurs when the fear associated with a situation or object is disproportionate in the level and duration of distress experienced and to what is developmentally appropriate. This chapter provides an overview of how anxiety in youth is expressed with respect to cognition, physiological arousal, and emotion dysregulation. Next, this chapter reviews the specific symptoms and diagnostic criteria for each of the anxiety disorders that often onset during childhood. It also describes the epidemiology of, and risk factors associated with, anxiety in youth, and reviews the empirical literature on the assessment and treatment of anxiety in youth. Finally, this chapter highlights areas in need of further empirical attention.

Keywords: assessment, child anxiety, cognitive behavioral therapy, epidemiology, treatment

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