Anxiety is a prominent diagnosis that children can experience at an early age. When untreated, due to negative perceptions and stigmas, childhood anxiety can manifest into severe mental conditions. However, there are professionals who are trained to assist children with their anxiety and destigmatize the idea of anxiety. The intention of this study was to examine the perspectives of professionals who work with children with anxiety and to explore further these professional’s beliefs about where anxiety originates. Data was collected through four semi-structured interviews with participants who have diverse backgrounds and work in multiple settings with children who experience anxiety. The results of this study indicate that there are both stigmas and an acceptance of individuals with anxiety disorders. Furthermore, this study brings an awareness to the impact that culture and media can play in developing fears and anxieties in children as well as the importance of seeking early interventions in order to minimize further mental health concerns.
|Advisor:||Leigh, Korie, Driscoll, Priya M.|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational psychology, Developmental psychology|
|Keywords:||Anxiety, Childhood anxiety, Perceptions, Professional’s perspectives, Stigmas|
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