Living in the nuclear age: An Australian study of children's and adolescent's fears

Phillip T. Slee, Darryl G. Cross

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Abstract

Developmental changes in children's fears with a particular focus on fears of nuclear war were studied in a sample of 1243 Australian children and adolescents aged between 4-19 years. The average number of fears reported per child was 9.3. Females reported significantly more fears than males. Developmental changes also were apparent with animal and supernatural fears in the youngest age group giving way to social fears and fear of war in the older age brackets. An average of 67.4% of the sample expressed a fear of nuclear war. The implications of this finding for parents and educators are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-278
Number of pages9
JournalChild Psychiatry & Human Development
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1989
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Australian
  • children
  • fears
  • nuclear war

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