Fears of one thousand college women

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A fear schedule composed of 349 stimulus words or phrases was used. Each stimulus, if feared, was graded from 1 to 5 according to its intensity. On the basis of both frequency and intensity, a relative value was established for each stimulus. Only 38% of the women indicated any knowledge of the origin of their fears. About 70% of the fears of known origin were due to personal experience. The first five fears in relative value were: snakes, cancer, death of loved ones, death by burning, and bulls. In both the frequency and the weighted frequency scores, fears increased as intelligence declined. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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