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September 27, 2000

Academic Anxiety

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JAMA. 2000;284(12):1506. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1506

New teachers, new friends, and new subjects to learn—most children look forward to these things when school begins each fall. But a small number dread school, and that may be the first sign that a child has an anxiety disorder.

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), about 13% of children aged 9 to 17 have an anxiety disorder. Yet only 15 clinical trials have been conducted on childhood anxiety to date. In a new monograph based on an expert conference, the ADAA and National Institute of Mental Health recommend directions for future research on childhood anxiety. They include improving diagnostic categories to better capture the clinical scope of anxiety in children and expanding study designs for research on behavioral and pharmacological treatments.