We examined to what extent children in The Netherlands are affected by the threat of terrorism. For this purpose, a sample of school children living in Rotterdam or adjacent satellites (N = 216) completed a fear survey that included a number of terrorism-related items, and were confronted with ambiguous vignettes to measure threat-related interpretation bias. The results demonstrated that although a number of terrorism-related items (i.e., bombing attacks, explosions in a bus or subway) listed high in a ranking of most intense childhood fears, very few children made terrorist-related interpretations of ambiguous situations.

Children, Fear of terrorism, Interpretation bias
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-007-9185-7, hdl.handle.net/1765/15127
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Muris, P.E.H.M, Mayer, B.N, van Eijk, S, & Dongen, M. (2008). "i'm not really afraid of Osama Bin Laden!" fear of terrorism in dutch children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 17(5), 706–713. doi:10.1007/s10826-007-9185-7