Television News and Fear: A Child Survey

Communications 27 (3):303-317 (2002)

Using telephone interviews among a random sample of 537 Dutch children aged 7–12 years old, we investigated the prevalence of fear reactions to television news among younger and older children and among boys and girls, what types of news items children in different age and gender groups refer to as frightening, and whether children's fear reactions to regular adult television news differed from their fear reactions to a special children's news program. Overall, 48.2 % of the children who reported watching the adult or children's news programs, reported fear reactions to adult news, while 32.6 % reported fear of children's news content. For both types of news programs, younger children and girls more often reported fear than older children and boys did. The most prevalent fear-inducing news content categories were interpersonal violence, fires, accidents, and disasters, and visual depictions of the consequences of violence.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1515/comm.27.3.303
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 49,017
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Developmental Psychology of Jean Piaget.John H. Flavell & Jean Piaget - 1963 - British Journal of Educational Studies 12 (1):107-107.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Is Situationism All Bad News?Luke Russell - 2009 - Utilitas 21 (4):443-463.
Television News Ethics: A Survey of Television News Directors.Roger Hadley - 1989 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 4 (2):249 – 264.
Ethics in All-News Radio: Perceptions of News Directors.K. Tim Wulfemeyer - 1990 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 5 (3):178 – 190.


Added to PP index

Total views
7 ( #952,350 of 2,310,673 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #753,440 of 2,310,673 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature