About the Study

Here you can learn more about who is participating in the study and how the study is conducted.

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Who Participates in the Study?

The study includes 215 parents along with their children. All parents have been assessed by a clinical psychologist to suffer from anxiety and have children who were 5–9 years old when they were included in the study.

How is the Study Conducted?

Participants in the study were randomly assigned to two different forms of support.

Self-help: Half of the participants worked independently based on a self-help parenting book.

Psychologist-led parent group: The other half of the participants attended group sessions led by licensed psychologists. The groups met via video calls on six occasions. Between sessions, participants were expected to work on various homework assignments. One month after the last group session, participants had an individual follow-up video call with a psychologist.


To evaluate the effectiveness of parental support, we collect information about the children's and parents' mental health. Participants are interviewed by a psychologist and complete rating scales on several occasions. Assessments have already been conducted at three time points: before parental support began, immediately after support ended, and one year later.

We are currently conducting the fourth assessment in the study: the three-year follow-up. The aim is to find out how the children's mental well-being has developed three years after the families received the support.


When the results from the study are published in a scientific journal, we will summarize them here.

The principal investigator for the project is Karolinska Institutet. The principal investigator is the organization responsible for the study.

Study protocol

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