Lisa Boyko

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Elizabeth Nowicki


Anxiety disorders are associated with a variety of negative social, emotional, and academic outcomes for children and adolescents. A variety of programs have been developed to prevent the development of anxiety disorders. This study meta-analyzed data from 14 prevention studies. The goal of the meta-analysis was to evaluate the effectiveness of the preventative programs and examine moderating variables that impact their effectiveness. Included studies were obtained through extensive literature searches in the PsycINFO, ERIC, and MEDLINE databases. Results indicated that preventative interventions have only a small impact on anxiety at post-intervention and follow-up times. Selective and indicated prevention programs were found to be more effective than

universal programs. The length of the intervention and the age and gender of participants had an effect on the success o f preventative interventions at post-intervention. Educational implications and future recommendations are discussed.



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