Mayo: Children who avoid risk tend to develop anxiety later

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by Logan Lafferty

Children who avoid or flee from worrisome situations are more likely to develop anxiety, according to an analysis of parent and child surveys conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers. The underlying theory isn't that new, that an absence of risk and challenge in childhood leads to nervousness and anxiety later on. But researchers were nonetheless surprised at the ability of their surveys on "avoidance" to predict which children would develop more anxiety a year later.

Additional Coverage: KMSP

 

Star Tribune by Jeremy Olson

Tags: anxiety, avoidance, childhood, Pediatrics, Psychology and Psychiatry, Research, risk, Star Tribune

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