Anxiety Disorders

  • Greta Francis
  • Thomas H. Ollendick
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


The field of clinical behavior therapy can trace its beginning to the examination of anxiety in children. Watson and Rayner’s demonstration of conditioned fear in Little Albert (1920) and Jones’s subsequent treatment of fear in Peter (1924) provided auspicious support for the newly developed theory of behaviorism. Barrios, Hartmann, and Shigetomi (1981) commented that, with such an impressive beginning of the study of childhood anxiety, one might expect that the assessment and treatment of childhood fear and anxiety would be firmly established. In fact, there are few well-controlled investigations of fears and anxiety in children (Ollendick, 1979), and we have little understanding of just what constitutes anxiety in children. We still have much to learn regarding the nature and treatment of childhood fears and anxiety.


Anxiety Disorder Childhood Anxiety Separation Anxiety Phobic Disorder Separation Anxiety Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greta Francis
    • 1
  • Thomas H. Ollendick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Polytechnic and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

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