The aim of the present study is to investigate whether there is a relationship between dysfunctional beliefs of parents and SAD in children. The cognitive view of anxiety in childhood and adolescence assumes that anxiety is mediated by distorted and maladaptive cognition. Although research examining these cognitive mediational processes in children is limited, there is growing evidence that parental cognitive processes are particularly crucial for the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. In order to learn more about the development and maintenance of a specific disorder, the systematic investigation of factors, which are specific to individual disorders, is necessary. Therefore in this study a sample of parents with children (age 5-13) with SAD are compared to a clinical control group and a healthy control group. All parents complete various questionnaires about their dysfunctional beliefs related to their child. The research project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
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