Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

7-2020

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

Journal of Clinical Psychology

Source ISSN

0021-9762

Abstract

Objective

Parental accommodation contributes to the maintenance of child anxiety and related symptoms. The current study examines the contributions of parent and child factors to parental accommodation in a sample of anxious youth.

Methods

Sixty-four treatment-seeking youth (6–16 years) and their mothers, as well as a subset of fathers (N = 41) reported on parental accommodation, parental distress and emotion regulation, child psychopathology, child externalizing behaviors, and child intolerance of uncertainty.

Results

Parental accommodation was not related to parental distress or emotion regulation. Parents who viewed their child as being more symptomatic (e.g., anxious, externalizing, and intolerant of uncertainty) were more likely to engage in accommodation. For mothers, child anxiety and externalizing symptoms were notable predictors of accommodation.

Conclusions

Parent perceptions of child symptomology is an important factor significantly related to accommodation behaviors. This finding can be used to inform programming designed to target parental responses to child anxiety and related disorders.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 76, No. 7 (July 2020): 1309-1407. DOI. © 2020 Wiley. Used with permission.

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