Defense Announcement for Christine Wang
Event Date and Time:
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:30pm
Biology Psychology 1140A
Dissertation Title: Maternal and paternal anxiety disorders and early intervention for behaviorally inhibited preschool children
Advisor: Andrea Chronis-Tuscano, Ph.D.
Committee Members: Lea Dougherty Ph.D., Julia Felton Ph.D., and Jennifer Wessel Ph.D.
Dean's Representative: Kenneth Rubin, Ph.D.
Abstract: Few studies examine treatment for preschool behavioral inhibition and social withdrawal (BI/SW), risk factors for later anxiety. Even fewer studies examine the role of both maternal and paternal anxiety on preschool treatment outcome, and past studies are methodologically flawed. The current study examines the effects of clinician-rated maternal and paternal anxiety disorders on treatment outcome among two early intervention programs, the “Turtle Program” and “Cool Little Kids,” for preschool BI/SW. Results indicated that maternal anxiety predicted worse post-treatment child total anxiety, but paternal anxiety predicted better post-treatment child total anxiety. These relations did not significantly differ as a function of treatment condition. However, maternal (not paternal) social anxiety predicted worse post-treatment child total anxiety only in CLK (and not the Turtle Program). Findings have clinical implications for treatment targets when working with inhibited children and their families.