ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 1, Issue 1, 146-154, 2010
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Negative life events and avoidant coping are associated with poorer long-term outcome in older adults treated for generalized anxiety disorder

Catherine R. Ayers, Ph.D. (1),(2), Andrew Petkus, M.A. (3), Lin Liu, Ph.D. (4), Thomas L. Patterson, Ph.D. (1) & Julie Loebach Wetherell, Ph.D. (1),(2)
(1) Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
(2) Psychology Service, VA San Diego Healthcare System
(3) San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
(4) Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2010, Pages 146-154

The objective of this investigation was to explore predictors of long-term outcome following treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in older adults. A small sample of older adults (N = 27) were randomized into a modular cognitive behavioral therapy protocol or enhanced community treatment for 12 weeks and followed for one year. Results from random effects regression models indicated that baseline levels of anxiety symptoms, avoidant coping, and negative life events are significantly associated with anxiety across follow-up. These preliminary data suggest that negative life events and avoidant coping may merit further investigation as predictors of long-term treatment outcome in geriatric GAD.

Table of Contents
   Statistical analyses
   Sample characteristics
Types of life events
   Linear random effects regression

Correspondence to
Julie Wetherell, Ph.D., UCSD Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Dept. 9111N-1, La Jolla, CA 92093-9111

Life Events, Elderly, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Coping, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Received 12 Jan 2010; Revised 14 Apr 2010; Accepted 21 Apr 2010; In Press 31 Oct 2010

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