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(p. 3) Introduction and History 

(p. 3) Introduction and History
(p. 3) Introduction and History

Stephen P. H. Whiteside

, Thomas H. Ollendick

, and Bridget K. Biggs

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date: 13 July 2020

This chapter provides an introduction to exposure therapy, its application, and its history. The chapter provides a description of exposure therapy and a review of why and when a clinician would choose to use this technique with youth suffering from anxiety or obsessive–compulsive disorder. The chapter differentiates anxiety disorders and their treatment with exposure from environmental stressors. The chapter then reviews the history of exposure therapy from the early case series by Dr. Mary Cover Jones through the explosion of research during the 1990s and 2000s. The chapter provides the background for clinicians to begin learning about the implementation of exposure therapy.

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