This study describes a first exploration of the construct of courage in youths. Children aged 8-13 years were invited to report on the most courageous action that they had ever performed during their life. In addition, the Courage Measure for Children (CM-C) was construed as an index of children's level of personal courage, and this scale was administered in two samples of school children (Ns being 168 and 159) along with a number of other questionnaires. Results indicated that children were familiar with the concept of courage as more than 70% reported to have carried out a courageous action during their life. In addition, self-reported courage as indexed by the CM-C was positively correlated with scores on a vignette measure of courage, parent ratings of children's courage, extraversion, openness/intellect, and a masculine sex role, whereas a negative correlation was observed with anxiety symptoms. The implications of these findings and potential directions for future research are briefly discussed.

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Child Psychiatry & Human Development
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Muris, P., Mayer, B., & Schubert, T. (2010). "You might belong in Gryffindor": children's courage and its relationships to anxiety symptoms, big five personality traits, and sex roles. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 41(2), 204–213. doi:10.1007/s10578-009-0161-x