Vol. 3, Issue 10 (2016)
Fear factors of preschool children
Author(s): Upashree Dutta, Dr. Arockia Maraichelvi K
Abstract: Early childhood is the period for children to be at play and in school with most of the experiences adding up to fear development in them. Most of their fears are temporary, normal or may grow over time. However some fears do not; and even the evaded fears causes residual agony for their life time. Hence this study made an attempt to explore the gender specific and age specific differences of about twenty major fears factors prevailing among the preschool children with an ultimate purpose of finding the cures to the causes that fears them. Multi stage sampling along with k in 10 sampling was adopted with certain inclusion criteria to identify eighty preschool children with the age group of 4-6 years. The fear intensity was appraised with a five point fears inventory. The data revealed that every preschool child had fear for all the identified fear factors but in varying degree. The highest feared aspect was towards natural disaster irrespective of gender. Whereas other fears had remarkable gender specific differences. However except for the fear towards person, monster and natural disaster, age didn’t influence the intensity of the fears.