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CHILDREN'S FEARS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Wolman, the author of a standard psychiatric textbook, succinctly characterizes the innate, developmental, and post-trauma fears of children from infancy through adolescence. Many fears are normal and realistic, and their expression should be encouraged; some, like the toddler's separation anxiety or the teenager's identity problems, are acute but generally resolved; others are irrational and maladaptive, traditionally more common among girls because of their more protected upbringings. In the first part, fears are discussed within the context of a child's development; in the second, they are catalogued alphabetically, Abandonment to Vacuum Cleaners; both parts are helpfully cross-referenced. Presumably, parents whose children are afflicted with particular fears could consult this book for some direction but be advised: the section on preschool sexual fears ignores girls altogether, some psychiatric jargon is used, and the overall impact is rather cheerless.

Pub Date: May 3rd, 1978
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap