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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Panic disorders-Treatment, Stress in adolescence-Treatment, Anxiety in adolescence-Treatment, Cognitive therapy for teenagers, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Adolescent, CBT, MBSR, Mindfulness, Youth, Cognitive-bahavioral, Anxiety, Panic disorder


Research has shown that mental illness often surfaces during adolescence and early adulthood, and can frequently extend throughout adulthood. Without treatment, the consequences of mental illness for individuals and society can be overwhelming. Untreated individuals often fall victim to unnecessary disabilities, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration, comorbid health issues and even suicide. Further, there is a continuing need for supportive services for adolescents who are specifically diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as panic disorder, and who self-identified as having excessive anxiety and other stress-related symptoms. Research has shown the cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based treatment interventions may be effective for a broad range of mental health issues in adults (Pincus, May, Whitton, Mattis and Barlow, 2010; Thompson, M., and Gauntlett-Gilbert, J., 2008); however, fewer studies exist in regards for treatment with such interventions for adolescents. The objective of this study was to explore the role of cognitive-based and mindfulness-based therapeutic stress reduction interventions for anxious and panic disordered youth who are in early adolescence with consideration of developmental roles and norms within treatment applications.




iii, 78 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2012. Includes bibliographical references (p. 69-78)