A Child's Fear By Julien Green

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Bibliotherapy “A child’s fear is a world whose dark corners are quite unknown to grownup people; it has its sky and its abysses, a sky without stars, abysses into which no light can ever penetrate.” Julien Green Julien Green, the renowned 20th century writer, articulated the unique emotional trauma that children experience when they experience fear. While fear can be stressful for young children, it is also a natural part of the developmental cycle of children, and occurs in predictable patterns. (Nicholson J.I, Pearson Q.M., 2003) Throughout the years, researchers have been able to identify a cycle pertaining to the nature of fear that children experience. The initial fears of infants include being separated from their parents and of strange people or places. As children mature, these initial fears are replaced with the fear of dark rooms, sudden changes in appearances, large animals, and mystical creatures. When children are of early school age, fears morph once again to dangerous people and being alone. (Nicholson J.I, Pearson Q.M., 2003) While this cycle of fear has been well documented, researchers have also identified an interesting dynamic that has occurred within the last ten years. While it was once concluded that real-life fears such as violence did not emerge in adolescence, recent evidence suggests that fears of this nature are occurring increasingly in children that are elementary school age. In fact, a recent study of children ages

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