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Specific Phobia

As can be seen below, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) currently has the most research evidence for the treatment of young people with specific phobia. This treatment can be administered in the variety of different formats listed below.

Specific Phobia (SP)

Well-Established
What does this mean?
None
Probably Efficacious
What does this mean?
None
Possibly Efficacious
What does this mean?
     
  • Emotive imagery for SP of darkness
  • In-vivo behavioral exposures with EMDR for SP of spiders
  • Exposures plus contingency management for SP
  • Exposures plus self-control for SP
  • One-session exposure treatment for SP
  • One-session exposure treatment with parents for SP
 
Experimental
What does this mean?
N/A

Source: Silverman, W. K., Pina, A. A., & Viswesvaran, Chockalingam (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for phobic and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents: A review and meta-analyses. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 37, 105-130.

 
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