Scaring the monster away: what children know about managing fears of real and imaginary creatures.


Children around 4, 5, and 7 years old (N = 48) listened to scenarios depicting a child alone or accompanied by another person (mother, father, friend) who encounters an entity that looks like a real or an imaginary fear-inducing creature. Participants predicted and explained each protagonist's fear intensity and suggested coping strategies. Results showed… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01366.x