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ERIC Number: EJ761925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
An Empirical Taxonomy of Youths' Fears: Cluster Analysis of the American Fear Survey Schedule
Burnham, Joy J.; Schaefer, Barbara A.; Giesen, Judy
Psychology in the Schools, v43 n6 p673-683 Jul 2006
Fears profiles among children and adolescents were explored using the Fear Survey Schedule for Children-American version (FSSC-AM; J.J. Burnham, 1995, 2005). Eight cluster profiles were identified via multistage Euclidean grouping and supported by homogeneity coefficients and replication. Four clusters reflected overall level of fears (i.e., very low, below average, moderate, and multiple), and four others exhibited specific peaks associated with school-related fears, medical fears, and scary things. Demographic characteristics associated with cluster profile membership revealed variability primarily based on gender and age, with some differences associated with community type. Comparisons with prior results on earlier fear surveys and implications for school refusal behavior provide a useful context for discussion. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Fear Survey Schedule