Attentional threat avoidance and familial risk are independently associated with childhood anxiety disorders.

@article{Brown2013AttentionalTA,
  title={Attentional threat avoidance and familial risk are independently associated with childhood anxiety disorders.},
  author={Hannah M. Brown and Tom A McAdams and Kathryn J. Lester and Robert Goodman and David M Clark and Thalia C Eley},
  journal={Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines},
  year={2013},
  volume={54 6},
  pages={678-85}
}
BACKGROUND  Twin studies in children reveal that familial aggregation of anxiety disorders is due to both genetic and environmental factors. Cognitive biases for threat information are considered a robust characteristic of childhood anxiety. However, little is known regarding the underlying aetiology of such biases and their role in anxiety disorders. METHOD  A face version of the dot-probe task measuring attentional biases for negative (anger, fear, sad, disgust) and positive (happy) facial… CONTINUE READING