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Volume :23 Issue : 89 1998      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

COMMON FEARS AMONG KUWAITI CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS, AND THE EFFECT OFTHE IRAQI AGGRESSION ON IT

Auther : By: Ahmed Abdel-Khalek and Owaied Al-Meshaan

 

The aim of the present study is :

a)       to enumerate the common fears among Kuwaiti children and adolescents after liberation,

b)      to define the prevalence rate of these fears and

c)       to set up a criterion to differentiate between the general fears and that affected with the Iraqi aggression.

An open-ended question was directed to 334 Kuwaiti boys and girls studying in the intermediate schools to write a maximum possible number of fearful situations or objects that caused fear or distress.  After deleting repetitions that question gave rise to 477 items. Afterwards, the inventory was administered to another sample of 572 school children and adolescents.  They requested to check the items that cause fear or distress.  Frequencies and percentages for each item were specified among boys, girls and the combined group of boys and girls.  Percentages were ranged from 1 to 83.  In the male group, the first five highest fearful items were: drugs, the Iraqi attack, failure in study, invasion and alcohol, while in females they were: drugs, ghosts, failure in study, dead bodies and the Iraqi attack, successively.  The category of fearful items caused by or related to the Iraqi aggression contained 22.6% of the inventory, denoting the adverse effect of the Iraqi invasion among those students.

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