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Research project

Book Learn to Dare/DDD

In 2008, the intervention ‘Denken + Doen = Durven’ (Think + Do = Dare) was developed in the Netherlands (Bögels, 2008). This is a cognitive behavioral therapy program for children and young people between the age of 8 to 18, diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The intervention is given by a professional, such a psychologist, orthopedagogue or a behavioral scientist. In 2013, another Dutch intervention ‘Leer te Durven!’ (Learn to Dare!) was developed (Simon & Bögels, 2013). This preventive intervention is intended for children (8-12 years old) with increased levels of anxiety. The main aim of the intervention is to prevent anxiety symptoms from getting worse.

Anke Klein

The ‘Denken + Doen = Durven’  en 'Leer te Durven' interventions are quite similar and therefore a team is working on a new integrated version.

The team consists of:

  • Susan Bögels is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and mindfulness trainer, specialized in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness for children and parents.
  • Ellin Simons is associate professor at the Clinical Child- and Youth Psychology from the Open University. Her research focuses on the importance of early intervention in psychopathology in children and young people. 
  • Anke Klein is an associate professor at the Developmental and Educational Psychology unit of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. Her research focuses on the transmission of parental psychopathology to their children and increasing treatment effectiveness of internalizing problems across the lifespan.
  • Bonny van Steensel is a professor at the department Pedagogical Sciences (orthopedagogy) at the University of Amsterdam. She provides education and conducts scientific research.

For more information, visit our website: https://denkdoendurven.nl

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