Anxiety sensitivity and childhood learning experiences: Impacts on panic symptoms among adolescents

Ashley A. Knapp, Jamie Frala, Heidemarie Blumenthal, Christal L. Badour, Ellen W. Leen-Feldner

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Specific parenting behaviors, in the context of offspring bodily arousal, relate to elevated risk for panic symptomatology. Research with adults also suggests anxiety sensitivity (AS) plays an important role in this relationship. However, very limited research has been conducted with adolescents. To address this gap in the literature, the current study evaluated the interplay between AS and arousalreactive as well as arousal non-reactive childhood learning experiences in predicting panic symptomatology among a community sample of 10-17 year old adolescents (n = 153). Findings indicated arousal-reactive learning experiences were associated with increased panic symptomatology, but only among youth high in AS. Further, this model evidenced relative specificity in that arousal nonreactive learning experiences did not interact with AS to predict panic symptomatology. The current findings add to the literature seeking to elucidate the interplay between specific parenting behaviors and offspring characteristics as they relate to elevated risk for panic-related outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1151-1159
Number of pages9
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Adolescent
  • Anxiety sensitivity
  • Learning history
  • Panic symptomatology
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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