Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 99–111 | Cite as

The nature of feared outcome representations in children

  • Marilyn A. Campbell
  • Ronald M. Rapee


The present study investigated the way in which feared outcomes are organized in long-term memory in children and adolescents. A list of items relating to threatening outcomes, originally generated by children, was given to an additional 560 children (aged 6 to 16) and rated for the degree to which they worried about each. Factor analysis revealed two interpretable factors of feared outcomes. The first factor centered on concerns about physical harm while the second factor centered on social consequences that children and adolescents worry about. The two factors were consistent across gender, age, and clinical status. A scale involving the maximally discriminating items showed good internal consistency and test-retest reliability.


Internal Consistency Clinical Status School Psychology Social Consequence Good Internal Consistency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilyn A. Campbell
    • 1
  • Ronald M. Rapee
    • 2
  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Behavioural SciencesMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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