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Diferencias en el miedo reportado por ni os y ni as de 9 a 12 a os de edad

Keywords: negative emotions , fear , children.

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The purpose of this study was to identify if there were differences in perceivedfear in 9 to 12 year old boys and girls that live in Mexico City. Qualitative informationwas obtained which was used to build a Likert type scale responded by300 children. A factor analysis determined the existence of four factors: fear ofthe unknown, fear of animals, fear at school, and fear of danger and death. Statisticaldifferences were found in all factors, girls obtaining higher mean values.The highest mean values were observed in fear of danger and death, both amongboys and girls, possibly because of the insecurity situation that surrounds life inthis country.


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