ERIC Number: ED260092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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The Children's Fear Expression and Research Survey: (Children's F.E.A.R.S.).
Davies, Michael H.
The Children's Fear Expression and Research Survey (Children's F.E.A.R.S.) is a new self-report measure of fear suitable for children in grades two through six. The survey is designed to meet current psychometric standards and to be useful in both clinical and research settings. Originally 200 test items were drawn from existing measures; from the literature on childrens' fears; and from psychologists, graduate students, teachers, and children. A five-point Likert-type scale was used. Round One of the test was administered, in groups, to 258 children, aged 7 to 12. Principal component analyses with varimax rotation resulted in 59 items yielding seven components which explained 53 percent of the total variance. These 59 items were administered to 353 children in Round Two. The final result was a 24-item measure containing four components: death and destruction, social acceptance, social conflict, and imagination. The alpha internal consistency coefficients for the four scales ranged from .71 to .92. Analysis of variance results on each of the four scales were significant. The age difference analysis indicated that death and destruction fears decreased with age, while social acceptance fears increased. (GDC)
Descriptors: Affective Measures, Age Differences, Analysis of Variance, Child Development, Childhood Attitudes, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Emotional Development, Factor Structure, Fear, Rating Scales, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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