In 2002-2003 as part of her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Eri
undertook a research project involving two NSW Department of Education primary
schools located in suburban Sydney.
The aim of the study was to examine whether training 10 year-old (year 5)
primary school children in the FRIENDS program (a cognitive behavioural
approach) would reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety and negative self-talk
prior to the children giving a class presentation.
Altogether 51 children were the subject of the study: 29 children at the one
school were trained using the FRIENDS program, and 22 children at the other
school received anxiety education alone.
Pre and post training assessments were conducted using the SASC-R (Social
Anxiety Scale for Children - Revised ... elementary school level version) and
the NASSQ (Negative Affect Self- Statement Questionnaire ... for 7 to 10 year
It was found that the FRIENDS group showed significantly less negative self-talk
at post training assessment and prior to giving a class presentation, in
comparison with the anxiety education group.
These results support the universal inclusion of training programs such as
FRIENDS in the primary school curriculum.
Eri maintains her currency with cutting-edge professional research and
techniques by attending a wide range of professional symposiums.