The Positive Effects of Parents’ Training on Lessening their Children’s Social Anxiety

Research showed that family-based intervention is an effective way to increase the positive results from treatments of children with SAD (Barrett et al., 1996; Ginsburg et al., 1995). When parents’ behaviour is considered a risk factor for their children’s SAD, the most effective alternative for supporting children with SAD is to train their parents (Garcial-Lopez et al., 2014). Parents might not be aware of the consequences of their behaviours, or they might not have sufficient knowledge or experience of identifying and implementing an effective strategy to support their children with SAD. Therefore, parents need either different types of resources, such as media, websites, blogs, books, or implementing a collaborative relationship with teachers to increase their knowledge about how to support their children with SAD.

Brendel and Maynard (2014) illustrated that parent-child interventions seem to be more effective than implementing interventions for only children. In other words, integrating parents into child therapy is considered as a means to generalize interventions to the home environment and for both the children and the parents to learn and practice better methods to cope with children’s SAD.

 

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