Cognitive behavioural approaches to mental health difficulties in children

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The last 20 years have seen a growing body of knowledge demonstrating the development and effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) with children. This substantial evidence base has resulted in CBT being recommended by expert groups, e.g. the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), as a first-line treatment for children with depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (NICE 2005a, 2005b, 2006). Similarly, systematic reviews have consistently demonstrated that CBT is effective for the treatment of childhood emotional disorders of anxiety (Cartwright-Hatton et al. 2004; Compton et al. 2004; James et al. 2007) and depression (Weisz et al. 2006; Watanabe et al. 2007; Klein et al. 2007). CBT has therefore established itself as ‘the form of therapy most strongly backed by scientific evidence’ (Graham 2005).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781136303111
ISBN (Print)9780415584630
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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