ARCH Lab Collaborates on Paper Examining Anxiety among Kindergarten Children

The ARCH Lab collaborated with colleagues from the EDI (Early Development Instrument) Team at the Offord Centre for Child Studies on a recently published paper titled “Population-Based Teacher-Rated Assessment of Anxiety Among Canadian Kindergarten Children”.

The purpose of this study was to measure the pervasiveness and levels of anxiety symptoms in kindergarteners in a Canadian sample from 2004 to 2015.

Data from nearly one million children were analyzed and 2.6% of the sample was classified as “highly anxious”. These children were more likely to more likely to be male, have English/French as a second language, and have a special needs designation.

Findings suggest that anxious behaviors are related to children’s overall health and illustrate the consistency and extensiveness of anxiety at a very young age among Canadian children.