Document Type : Original Article
Aim: Investigating the efficacy of "Coping Cat Protocol" on somatic complains of girls and boys with anxiety and depression disorders and comorbidity of them.
Methods: The experimental method was performed via two stages of pre and post-test.
Sample group consisted of 80 (40 females and 40 males) third through fifth grades primary school students who were diagnosed to have anxiety disorders, depression or comorbidity with clinical interview based on DSM and somatic complains based on Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) of Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA; Achenbach and Rescorla, 2001). The participants randomly assigned to two equally experimental and control groups. The experimental group received 16 individual therapy sessions. The post-test means of two groups were compared using analysis of covariance.
Results: The results indicated that somatic complains were significantly decreased in experimental group, and these results were reliable after 6 months of follow up, while gender was not effective in pre-test comparing to post-test results.
Conclusion: Importance of cognitive-behavior therapy based on Coping Cat Program on anxiety and depression disorders and comorbidity of them in children was salient.