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ERIC Number: ED136921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 3
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Reference Count: 0
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A Study of Cognitive Development, Character Attractiveness and Children's Conceptions of Death.
White, Edward; And Others
This study investigated children's conceptions of death from a developmental perspective. Subjects were 170 children from grades K-4. Children were tested for conservation and interviewed, following story presentations about an elderly woman's death, to assess their understanding of three concepts concerning death: irrevocability, cessation of bodily processes, and universality. Two story versions were used: one depicted the woman as a "nice" person who was kind to children, the other as an unkind person. This variable significantly affected children's responses regarding cause of death. Understanding of universality, but not of the irrevocability of death and cessation of bodily processes, was significantly related to the children's level of cognitive development. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977)