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Young people's mental health: the spiritual power of fairy stories, myths and legends
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Young people's mental health: the spiritual power of fairy stories, myths and legends

Author: Steven Walker
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Edition/Format: Article Article : EN
Publication:Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 13, no. 1 (2010): 81-92
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All Authors / Contributors: Steven Walker
ISSN:1367-4676
Language Note: EN
Unique Identifier: 615345419
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Fairy tales are powerful

by connstorycenter (WorldCat user published 2011-06-17) Good Permalink

Fairy tales are so great for a child's mind as they allow a youngster to fabricate and explore their fears and eventually understand the perceptions of "a monster in the closet" is simply a fantasy that can be put to rest. It is important for children to nurture and fantasize about monstrous creatures,...
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