Fears, Phobias, and Anxiety

Please no plagiarism and make sure you are able to access all resource on your own before you bid. Write in APA format and no bullets. One of the references must come from Flamez, B. & Sheperis, C. J. (2015) and/or Sommers-Flanagan, J., & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2007). I have also attached my discussion rubric so you can see how to make full points. Please follow the instructions to get full credit for the discussion. I need this completed by 12/12/18 at 8pm.

Discussion – Week 3

Fears, Phobias, and Anxiety

Anxiety disorders constitute the most commonly diagnosed problem in children and adolescents (Prout & Brown, 2007). Young children often develop fears or phobias of imaginary objects, animals, the dark, and heights. Adolescents frequently develop fears of death, criticism, failure, and the fear of the unknown. Many of the interventions used for child and adolescent phobias focus on behavioral techniques such as desensitization, imagery, and social skills training. External factors such as the environment, culture, society, family, and contemporary media also can influence the development and persistence of a phobia.

For this Discussion, select a common child or adolescent phobia and consider the external factors that may contribute to its development and persistence.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of a common child or adolescent fear or phobia. Then, explain at least three potential factors (environment, culture, society, family, or media) that may contribute to the development and persistence of the phobia and explain how. Finally, explain one way you might help the parents/guardians support their child or adolescent to overcome the fear or phobia. Be specific.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Required Resources

Learning Resources

Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week’s assignments.


· Flamez, B. & Sheperis, C. J. (2015). Diagnosing and treating children and adolescents: A guide for clinical and school settings. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Chapter 3 “Developing and        Evaluating Client Treatment Plans”
  • Chapter 10 “Anxiety        Disorders”
  • Burnham, J. J. (2009).      Contemporary fears of children and adolescents: Coping and resiliency in      the 21st Century. Journal of Counseling and Development, 87(1),      28–35.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Flatt, N., & King, N.      (2008). Building the case for brief psychointerventions in the treatment      of specific phobias in children and adolescents. BehaviourChange, 25(4),      191–200.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Document:Child and Adolescent      Counseling Cases: Fears and Phobias Click for more options
  • Document:Treatment Plan Guidelines Click for more options
  • DSM-5 BridgeDocument: Fears and Phobias Click for more options
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