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Children The earliest documentation of the fear of death has been found in children as young as age 5.<ref name="maya">Griffiths, M. (2007). Death Understanding and Fear of Death in Young Children. The Journal of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 12 (4), 525-535. Retrieved from http://resolver.scholarsportal.info.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/resolve/13591045/v12i0004/525_duafodiyc</ref> Psychological measures and reaction times were used to measure fear of death in young children. Recent studies that assess fear of death in children use questionnaire rating scales.<ref name=maya/> There are many tests to study this including The Death Anxiety Scale for Children (DASC) developed by Schell and Seefeldt.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> However the most common version of this test is the revised Fear Survey Schedule for Children (FSSC-R).<ref name=maya/> The FSSC-R describes specific fearful stimuli and children are asked to rate the degree to which the scenario/item makes them anxious or fearful.<ref name=maya/> The most recent version of the FSSC-R presents the scenarios in a pictorial form to children as young as 4. It is called the Koala Fear Questionnaire (KFQ).<ref name=maya/> The fear studies show that children’s fears can be grouped into five categories. One of these categories is death and danger.<ref name=maya/> This response was found amongst children age 4 to 6 on the KFQ, and from age 7 to 10.<ref name=maya/> Death is the most commonly feared item and remains the most commonly feared item throughout adolescence.<ref name=maya/>

A study of 90 children, aged 4–8, done by Virginia Slaughter and Maya Griffiths showed that a more mature understanding of the biological concept of death was correlated to a decreased fear of death. This may suggest that it is helpful to teach children about death (in a biological sense), in order to alleviate the fear.<ref>Slaughter, V., Griffiths, M. (2007). Death Understanding and Fear of Death in Young Children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 12 (4) pg 525-535</ref>


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