Parenting Resources

Fears and Phobias in Adolescents

Fears during adolescence include bodily image concerns, life experiences and performance.

Many of the techniques noted in the section on elementary-age children will continue to be helpful during adolescence, especially practicing coping strategies.  However, parents must be aware of the fears in order to be able to provide support.  Since adolescents may not openly discuss their fears with you, spend time with your adolescent to provide opportunities for discussion.  Acknowledge your fears as a child – and discuss coping strategies you found helpful. 

Any of the above could be related to some traumatic experience that you as a parent are not aware of…please take the time to listen and ask careful questions.