Specific phobia

Ella L. Oar, Lara J. Farrell, Thomas H. Ollendick

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Of the anxiety disorders, specific phobia is one of the most common, affecting up to 20% of young people. Phobias have a complex clinical presentation in youth and are associated with substantial impairment. If untreated they tend to have an unremitting course resulting in lifelong suffering. In this chapter, we discuss the phenomenology and etiology of the phobias and then describe current evidence-based approaches to assessing and treating this disorder in youth. Latest advances in literature are discussed and recommendations given for future basic sciences and applied research in the area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPediatric anxiety disorders
EditorsScott N. Compton, Marianne A. Villabø, Hanne Kristensen
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780128130049
ISBN (Print)9780128130056
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • specific phobia
  • child
  • adolescent
  • assessment
  • one session treatment


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