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(Anxiety UK is a UK-based charity for sufferers of all kinds of anxiety disorder. This great, reliable website is written largely by sufferers of anxiety disorders, and is checked by leading psychologists. It contains lots of information on what it is like to have an anxiety disorder, and about treatment.)
Bennett-Levy, J., Richards, D., Farrand, P., Christensen, H., Griffiths, K., Kavanagh, D., et al. (2010). Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (If you want to know more about cognitive-behavioural treatments for phobias, there are lots of ‘introduction to CBT’-type books around, and most will have a chapter on phobias. This good, modern one also gives you a feel for the realities of delivering psychological interventions in a hard-pressed public health service.)
Butler, G. (1989). Phobic disorders. In K. Hawton, P.M. Salkovskis, J. Kirk and D.M. Clark (eds), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Problems: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (This is a good, clear account of how therapy for specific phobias is put in place: it may look like quite an old reference, but things really haven’t changed that much!)
Fisak, B., & Grills-Taquechel, A. E. (2007). Parental modeling, reinforcement, and information transfer: Risk factors in the development of child anxiety? Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 10(3): 213–231. (This paper nicely reviews the literature on the vicarious learning and negative information pathways to fear acquisition, with a particular focus on how parents might transmit fears to their children in this way.)
Wermter, A.-K., Laucht, M., Schimmelmann, B., Banaschweski, T., Sonuga-Barke, E., Rietschel, M., & Becker, K. (2010). From nature versus nurture, via nature and nurture, to gene × environment interaction in mental disorders. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 19(3): 199–210. (An accessible overview of the gene–environment story.)