An empirical taxonomy of youths' fears: Cluster analysis of the American fear survey schedule

Joy J. Burnham, Barbara A. Schaefer, Judy Giesen

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-683
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology in the Schools
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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