Cognitive-Behavior Therapy With and Without Parental Involvement for Anxious Chinese Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Daniel Fu Keung Wong, Ting Kin Ng, Xiao Yu Zhuang, Paul W.C. Wong, Janet T.Y. Leung, Irene Kit Man Cheung, Philip C. Kendall

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This study evaluated the effectiveness of a culturally attuned group cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) intervention for Chinese adolescents at risk for anxiety disorders in Hong Kong and the additive effects of parental involvement. A randomized controlled design was adopted. Assessments were gathered at pre- and posttreatment, and 6-month follow-up. Participants (N = 136) were randomly assigned to (a) CBT plus parental involvement (CBT-PI) (n = 46), (b) CBT (n = 45), and (c) social activity (n = 45) conditions. Data were analyzed according to the intention-to-treat principle using multilevel modeling. The CBT-PI condition showed a greater reduction in physical injury fears compared with the CBT condition. The current findings suggest that involving parents in CBT for Chinese adolescents with anxiety problems may provide a small improvement in treatment efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-363
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • CBT
  • Parental involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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