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Cogn Emot. 2011 Nov;25(7):1205-13. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2010.530454. Epub 2011 Jun 1.

Direct and indirect measures of spider fear predict unique variance in children's fear-related behaviour.

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Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. a.klein@psych.ru.nl

Abstract

This study investigated whether direct and indirect measures predict unique variance components of fearful behaviour in children. One hundred eighty-nine children aged between 9 and 12 performed a pictorial version of the emotional Stroop task (EST), filled out the Spider Anxiety and Disgust Screening for Children (SADS-C), the Spider Phobia Questionnaire for Children (SPQ-C), and took part in a Behavioural Assessment Test (BAT). The EST did not correlate with self-reports. Correlations of the self-reports and the BAT remained significant after partialling out EST performance. Likewise, the EST and the BAT still correlated significantly with each other when controlling for the self-reports. This indicates that both direct and indirect measures are useful for predicting unique variance components of fearful behaviour in children. Moreover, it may explain why some previous studies have not found a relationship between self-reported fear and EST performance.

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21598125
DOI:
10.1080/02699931.2010.530454
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