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Cross-cultural efficacy of the Cool Kids programme for child and adolescent anxiety
  1. Viviana Wuthrich
  1. Correspondence to Department of Psychology, Macquarie—Centre for Emotional Health, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Viviana.Wuthrich{at}

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ABSTRACT FROM: Arendt K, Thastum M, Hougaard E. Efficacy of a Danish version of the Cool Kids program: a randomized wait-list controlled trial. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2015. Published Online First.

What is already known on this topic

The Cool Kids anxiety management programme for children and adolescents has demonstrated efficacy in randomised controlled trials compared with waitlist, bibliotherapy and active placebo1–3 at 3-month, 6-month and 12-month follow-ups when conducted in Australia. Further maintenance of treatment gains have been demonstrated with up to 6-year follow-up.4 Although widely used internationally, Cool Kids has not been evaluated outside Australia. Therefore, this study investigated the efficacy of this programme in a Danish population.

Methods of the study

Children and adolescents aged 7–16 years (N=109) were recruited from the local community in Denmark. Children met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) criteria for any of the anxiety disorders as …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.