A cross-cultural study of animal fears

Davey, Graham C L, McDonald, Angus S, Hirisave, Uma, Prabhu, G G, Iwawaki, Saburo, Jim, Ching Im, Merckelbach, Harald, de Jong, Peter J, Leung, Patrick W L and Reimann, Bradley C (1998) A cross-cultural study of animal fears. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 36 (7-8). pp. 735-750. ISSN 0005-7967

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The present study represents a cross-cultural study of animal fears in which subjects from seven Western and Asian countries were asked to rate their fear of a range of familiar animals. Factor analyses of these ratings in all samples revealed a coherent three factor solution in which animals fell into a fear-irrelevant, fear-relevant (fierce) or disgust-relevant category. The core group of animals making up the disgust-relevant category were similar across cultures. Some views on how a universal disgust-relevant category of feared animals may have developed are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Main author and theoretical and statistical contributor
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Graham Davey
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:51
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2012 16:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14745
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