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ERIC Number: EJ861669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0731-7107
Are You Sure There Isn't a Monster in the Closet? Regulation of Children's Worrying in Uncertain Contexts
Evans, Ian M.; Galyer, Karma
Child & Family Behavior Therapy, v31 n1 p38-53 2009
Intolerance of uncertainty and maladaptive information seeking are linked in many models of worry and clinical anxiety. This study aimed to examine children's use of information to regulate negative arousal associated with uncertainty in an exciting or threatening pretend play context. Children were presented with a positively or negatively valenced imaginary creature in a closed box. They were then given visual, verbal, or no reminder as to the pretend status of the entity. Children in the verbal and no information conditions were significantly more likely to spontaneously check as to the presence or absence of the creature during the game. These results confirm that some children react with more intense worry in situations of uncertainty, and that the type of information provided to children is important in assisting them to regulate that emotional response. The study provides analogue experimental support for the value in clinical contexts of direct experience in order to reduce uncertainty regarding imagined possibilities, and, in turn, worrying. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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