Larvae phobia relevant to anxiety and disgust reflected to the enhancement of learning interest and self-confidence

Jon Chao Hong, Chow Chin Lu, Ming Yueh Hwang*, Yen Chun Kuo, Chun Chih Wang, Chih Ying Chou

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Psychologists have claimed that aversive reactions to animals and insects evolved because of disease avoidance and may be nothing more than a post hoc rationalization. However, such aversive reactions may affect students' learning interest and self-confidence in the study of larvae or caterpillars. To realize this affect, the present study surveyed 322 fourth grade students and 277 valid surveys were returned. Using confirmatory factor analysis with structural equation modeling, the results indicated that if students had higher levels of larvae aversion, they experienced higher the levels of disgust and anxiety when attending science classes that focused on the study of larvae; the higher the level of anxiety and disgust experienced by students the lower their level of learning interest. Further, the higher the level of interest regarding learning about larvae, the higher the students' self-confidence enhancement. These results implied that science teachers may need to reduce students' aversions before commencing a science course about larvae in order to promote students' learning interest and self-confidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalLearning and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 1


  • Anxiety
  • Confidence of learning about larvae
  • Disgust
  • Larvae phobia
  • Learning interest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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