Almost all children have fears of monsters in closets or under their beds. There are many techniques parents can use to help their troubled offspring and help everyone get a decent night’s sleep. The first of these is understanding the psychology behind those fears.
Scaring the Monster Away: Children’s and Parents’ Conceptions of Coping Strategies to Deal with Children’s Fear of Real and Imaginary Entities By Liat Sayfan (unpublished PhD dissertation).
The Table of Contents of the Dissertation:
Part I: The development of emotional understanding
- Infants’ sensitivity to the expression of emotion:
- Antecedents for emotional understanding
- Recognizing and labeling emotions
- Comprehending causes of emotions
- Understanding the subjective nature of emotions
Part II: Dealing with negative emotions
- The construct of emotion regulation
- Development of emotion self-regulation
- Emotion regulation within the social interaction context
- Classifications of coping strategies
- The development of children’s coping strategies:conceptions and use
Part III: Children’s fears
- Developmental trends of children’s objects of fear
- Children’s understanding of the causes of fear
- Children’s ability to distinguish imagined from real entities
- Imagination processes and fear reactions:
- Imaginary proneness and control skills
- Studies overview
Sometimes the best answer is to name the Undead Under The Bed.