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Puerophobia (from Latin puer meaning "boy") is the fear of boys. It is technically a branch of androphobia, fear of men, since boys are practically men. This fear is often due to heredity or due to bad experiences involving boys, like a boy who often misbehaves that could get hurt by them. This phobia is especially suffered by parents and teachers. Encountering boys may often result in panic with symptoms like heart palpations, sweating, dread, anxiety, and terror. There are few methods used to treat puerophobia, such asexposure therapy, which it works by encountering gently and interact with well-behaved boys under controlled conditions and repeat until the fear is relieved.

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