Anxiety-Reduction Intervention Shown to Help School Kids

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- What kid hasn’t worried about an upcoming test, no matter how smart he or she is?

Now, researchers from the University of New Orleans say that if youngsters can be taught certain techniques to deal with their anxieties about exams, they might also be able to use the same tools in handling other everyday worries.

Carl Weems, the study author, used test-anxiety-reduction intervention that taught relaxation techniques to 325 students ages eight through 17 who demonstrated high levels of text anxieties in the three-to-six years after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, an event that exacerbated emotional difficulties among children.

Students who learned the techniques said they enjoyed the program and learned how to effectively use it to reduce their nervousness about taking tests. Furthermore, students experienced a decrease in other anxiety disorders and symptoms of depression, which left unchecked, can lead to substance abuse in adulthood.

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