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Prevalence and co-morbidity among anxiety disorders in a national cohort of psychiatrically referred children and adolescents.

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Source
J Anxiety Disord. 2010 Jun 18;
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jun-18-2010
Author
Barbara Hoff Esbjørn
Mette Hoeyer
Jørgen Dyrborg
Ingrid Leth
Philip C Kendall
Author Affiliation
University of Copenhagen, Department of Psychology, Ã?ster Farimagsgade 2A, 1353 Copenhagen K, Denmark.
Source
J Anxiety Disord. 2010 Jun 18;
Date
Jun-18-2010
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Abstract
The paper provides prevalence estimates of anxiety disorders as well as homotypic (e.g., other anxiety disorders) and heterotypic (e.g., mood, externalizing) co-morbidity in a national sample of children and adolescents referred to the psychiatric system in Denmark. Data were gathered from a database containing 83% of all youth referred from 2004 to 2007 (N=13,241). A prevalence of 5.7% of anxiety disorder was found in the sample. Homotypic co-morbidity was found in only 2.8%, whereas heterotypic co-morbidity was found in 42.9% of the cohort. A total of 73.6% had a principal anxiety disorder as opposed to 26.4% who had other principal diagnoses and a secondary anxiety disorder. The national database not only provides a valuable prevalence estimate of anxiety disorders in every-day non-research psychiatric settings, but also highlights the importance of applying standardized screening instruments as routine to increase the precision in recognizing and reporting on childhood anxiety disorders.
PubMed ID
20621438 View in PubMed
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