The Role of Disgust in Childhood Anxiety Disorders

  • Melanie W. MoretzEmail author
  • Jon Rogove
  • Dean McKay


During the past several years, there has been extensive research into the role of disgust in a wide range of psychopathology (Olatunji & McKay, 2007). Most of this research has focused on anxiety disorders where disgust may figure prominently in avoidance. The early work in this area focused on specific phobias and avoidance of contact with disease and contagion (Matchett & Davey, 1991). Since that time, the range and nature of disgust’s involvement in psychopathology has become refined and includes a multifaceted conceptualization, drawing on the postulates of the emotion as described by Rozin and Fallon (1987). This chapter focuses on the conjoint roles of disgust and development in childhood anxiety.


Anxiety Disorder Anxiety Sensitivity Disgust Sensitivity Evaluative Conditioning Childhood Anxiety Disorder 
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  1. 1.Ferkauf Graduate School of PsychologyYeshiva UniversityBronxUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and ResearchWhite PlainsUSA

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