Children of anxious parents are at an increased risk for developing the disorder. Yet that does not need to be the case, according to research by UConn professor of psychiatry and UConn Health psychologist Golda S. Ginsburg.
Ginsburg and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University tested a one-year family therapy intervention and found that only 9 percent of children who participated in a therapist-directed intervention developed anxiety after one year, as compared to 21 percent in a group that received written instruction and 31 percent in a group that did not receive any therapy or written instruction.
“The finding underscores the vulnerability of offspring of anxious parents,” says Ginsburg. She wants to do something about that vulnerability. “If we can identify kids at risk, let’s try and prevent this.”