2022 Student Research Conference:
35th Annual Student Research Conference

Drowning and Fear: A Study of the Effects of Membership in Aquatic aligned Organizations on the Fear Response


Eric C. Leimer
Dr. Brian Ott and Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentors

Drowning is the injury most commonly associated with aquatic activity, and many people have a fear of drowning, but what factors can address and combat this fear? Fear of drowning often results from negative childhood experiences regarding water or from a person’s lack of aquatic ability. This paper sought to test the hypothesis that an individual’s participation in aquatic organizations reduces their reported fear of drowning. Data was collected from randomly selected undergraduate students at Truman State University by email, and said data was analyzed with SPSS statistical software. However, the results from this research were not found to be sufficient for the researcher to support the above hypothesis. Regardless the research did find that participation in aquatic organization did affect the awareness respondent reported of the dangers posed by aquatic activity.

Keywords: Drowning, Fear, Education

Topic(s):Sociology
Anthropology

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 203-5
Location: SUB GEO B
Time: 11:15

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