Reconceptualising fear in young children

Sorin, Reesa (2003) Reconceptualising fear in young children. Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 10 (1). pp. 121-134.

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This paper is based on research with preschool-aged children, their parents and their caregivers about the fears they experience and how these fears are addressed, both in the home and in the preschool. Participants were asked to identify the fears experienced by the children in the study, based on Ollendick's Fear Survey Schedule for Children and Spence's Measure of Anxiety Symptoms in Preschoolers. From their responses and the researcher's observations, current fear categories are challenged. Early childhood fear has been reconceptualised into the following categories: Fear of Separation from the Attachment Figure; Fear of the Unknown; Fear of Being Harmed; Fear of Failure; Criticism and Embarrassment; Fear of Insects or Animals; and Fear of the Intangible.

Item ID: 5977
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1320-6648
Keywords: emotional; fear; Preschool; social; young children
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2010 01:06
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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