Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 January 1988

Volume 13 Issue 1

Children's and Adolescents' Fears and the Threat of Nuclear War: an Australian Study

Phillip T. Slee, Darryl G. Gross


1 Human Development. South Australian College of Advanced Education, Sturt Campus. Sturt Road. Bedford Park. 5042. Adelaide. S.A.

2 Child and Family Centre, Adelaide Children’s Hospital. 271 Melbourne Street. Adelaide. S.A.

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As adults, it is tempting to dismiss children's fears of such things as animals, the supernatural and physical events as vivid aspects of their imagination and to reassure ourselves that such fears are relatively minor or of limited concern. To this extent adults fail to realise children's fears reflect something of their understanding of the world and their place in it. To date, there has been very little research conducted in Australia on the nature and extent of children's fears. However, research conducted in the United States and Europe has identified a number of features of fears including sex differences and age trends.

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