FRIGHTENING fairy tales may make children anxious, but anxiety is reduced if the child is encouraged to vent his or her feelings and repeat the story, researchers from Israel say. Their study involved a group of six- to nine-year-olds who were told various versions of Rapunzel, the Grimm brothers story. Despite becoming anxious, the children wanted to hear the most frightening version again, and were less anxious the second time around, the researchers say in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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