This experiment assesses the impact of two control strategies on children’s reactions to a frightening movie scene. Children from two grade levels (K–1 vs. 3–5) watched the program under one of three conditions: cover eyes, turn off TV, no strategy. The cover eyes strategy decreased emotional reactions and threatening interpretations among younger children, whereas the strategy increased such responses in older children. Unexpectedly, the turn off TV strategy had no effect on either age group.
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