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Gender differences in the dream content of children and adolescents: The UK Library Study

Schredl, Michael, Struck, Verena. S, Schwert, Christine, Blei, Blei, Henley-Einion, Josie and Blagrove, Blagrove 2019. Gender differences in the dream content of children and adolescents: The UK Library Study. American Journal of Psychology 132 (3) , pp. 315-324. 10.5406/amerjpsyc.132.3.0315

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Although gender differences in the dreams of adults have been studied extensively, large-scale studies in children and adolescents are scarce. The UK Library Study collected 1,995 most recent dreams of children and adolescents. Boys reported more physical aggression and fewer female characters in their dreams, whereas indoor settings were more prominent in girls' dreams, results that are consistent with the findings in adults and the continuity hypothesis of dreaming. The study indicates that dream content analysis is a valuable tool for studying the inner world of children and adolescents because dreams reflect their waking life experiences, thoughts, and concerns. It would be informative to include measures of waking life aggression, frequency of social contacts, and leisure time activities to provide evidence for direct links between waking and dreaming.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Trials Research (CNTRR)
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISSN: 0002-9556
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2020 13:15

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