Decorating children's wards with paintings of clowns to create a nurturing atmosphere could backfire, research suggests.
A University of Sheffield study of more than 250 children, aged four to 16, found the images were widely disliked.
Even some of the oldest children found the images scary.
The researchers said the findings, reported in Nursing Standard magazine, highlighted the importance of consulting children in hospital design.
Researcher Dr Penny Curtis said: ... "We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable." --BBC
For the record, I have always been indifferent to clowns. Never loved them, never hated them. I kind of don't understand the common antipathy toward them. What's the big deal?
I mean, come on. Is this scary? Hm. Bad example. What about this? Well, yeah. I have to admit. That's kind of scary.
How's this? Or this? Or maybe this? Or that?
Hmm. Maybe clowns are scary.
*Scary Clown Syndrome