Chapter 15. Fear Responses to Media Entertainment

  1. Dr Sandra L. Calvert doctorate Chair Professor Director fellow2 and
  2. Barbara J. Wilson Head research consultant3
  1. Patti M. Valkenburg Professor Director and
  2. Moniek Buijzen PhD Associate Professor

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch15

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development

How to Cite

Valkenburg, P. M. and Buijzen, M. (2008) Fear Responses to Media Entertainment, in The Handbook of Children, Media, and Development (eds S. L. Calvert and B. J. Wilson), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302752.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Georgetown University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405144179

Online ISBN: 9781444302752



  • fictional entertainment media;
  • general childhood fears - three pathways;
  • media-induced fears;
  • mediated dangers - direct experience;
  • negative information transfer;
  • media characters - observational learning;
  • adult mediation - children's fear responses


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Fictional Entertainment Media

  • The Origins of General Childhood Fears: Three Pathways

  • The Origins of Media-Induced Fears: (Again) Three Pathways

  • Fears Caused by Fictional Entertainment: The Law of Apparent Reality

  • Developmental Trends in General and Media-Induced Fears

  • Factors that Increase Fear of Media Content

  • Factors that Decrease Fear of Media Content

  • Conclusion

  • References