Judgment on clowns

Penny Curtis.jpgIt’s old news to most people, but despite the best intentions of grown-up administrators, children don’t enjoy being visited upon by clowns. So says (in her own plainspoken way) Dr. Penny Curtis, Senior Lecturer in Research at The University of Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery. A press release from the Economic and Social Research Council reports:

Interestingly, all children disliked the use of clowns in the d?cor, with even the oldest children seeing them as scary. “Given that children and young people do not find hospitals frightening per se – and only express fear about those spaces associated with needles and associated procedures ? this finding is somewhat ironic,” Dr Curtis points out.