Internet-assisted delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for childhood anxiety: systematic review and meta-analysis

Maki Rooksby (Lead / Corresponding author), Paula Elouafkaoui, Gerry Humphris, Jan Clarkson, Ruth Freeman

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Aim: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature to assess efficacy of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for child anxiety disorder.

Method: A systematic search of 7 electronic databases was conducted to assess CBT intervention for children with anxiety problems with remote delivery either entirely or partly via technology. Six articles reporting 7 studies were included.

Results: The findings together suggested that CBT programmes involving computerised elements were well received by children and their families, and its efficacy was almost as favourable as clinic-based CBT. The mixture of children and adolescents included the studies, diverse range of programmes, and lack of consistency between study designs made it difficult to identify key elements of these programmes or draw conclusions on the treatment efficacy.

Conclusions: Analysis supports online delivery for wider access of this evidence-based therapy. Areas in need of improvement for this new method are indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number1
Early online date4 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


  • Anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Intervention
  • Therapists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine(all)


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