Washington: Children who avoid scary situations are likely to have anxiety disorders, a new study has found.The researchers developed two eight-question surveys - the Children`s Avoidance Measure Parent Report and the Children`s Avoidance Measure Self Report. The questionnaires ask details about children`s avoidance tendencies, for instance, in addressing parents, "When your child is scared or worried about something, does he or she ask to do it later?" It also asks children to describe their passive avoidance habits. For example: "When I feel scared or worried about something, I try not to go near it."One of the most surprising findings was that measuring avoidance could also predict children`s development of anxiety. Children who participated in the study showed stable anxiety scores after a year had passed, but those who described avoidance behaviors at the onset tended to be more anxious a year later.
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