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Do animal phobias affect children differently than adults?

Specific animal phobias can develop in early childhood or adulthood. Fear of large animals, for instance, tends to develop during childhood, whereas fear of rodents or insects often develops in adulthood. Children often grow out of specific phobias. However, adults usually require treatment for their phobias.

The manner in which children develop phobias may differ from adults. A child may learn to fear an animal by observing a parent's reaction to that animal. In this way, children's coping skills and recovery are especially influenced by their parents.

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