How Do Phobias Develop?

Michelle G. Craske, Martin M. Antony and David H. Barlow

in Mastering Your Fears and Phobias: Therapist Guide

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195189179
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190241858 | DOI:

Series: Treatments That Work

How Do Phobias Develop?

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Chapter 3 explores how phobias develop and aims to educate clients about the nature of fears and phobias in general, three pathways in which specific fears can be acquired (traumatic conditioning, vicarious learning, informational transmission), factors of vulnerability, factors of persistence, and the concept of prepared fears.

Keywords: phobias; fears; traumatic conditioning; vicarious learning; informational transmission; persistence; cognitive-behavioral therapy; CBT

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Subjects: Psychosocial Interventions and Psychotherapy

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