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ERIC Number: ED142857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan-28
Pages: 15
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A Piagetian Discussion of the Development of Children's Concepts of Death.
Kane, Barbara
This research attempted to expand Piaget's study of children's thinking to include the content and the development of their concepts of death and the impact of experience on those concepts. One hundred twenty-two, middle-class, native-born boys and girls, aged three through twelve years were interviewed. Concepts were found to be composed of nine components which develop from absence to incomplete to complete presence. Children acquire components in clusters: Realization by age three; Separation and Immobility, in no particular order, by age five; Irrevocability, Causality, Dysfunctionality, and Universality, concurrently, by age six; Insensitivity by age eight; Appearance by age twelve. Death concept development is a function of children's age; the rate is steady and rapid in the threes through nines, and uneven in the tens through twelves. Experience with death accelerates concept development before the age of seven. A three stage developmental process related to Piagetian pre-operational, concrete operations, and formal operations stages was seen. Stage One is organized structurally; death is a description. Stage Two is organized functionally; death induces dysfunction. Stage Three is organized abstractly: death is a definition. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Interdisciplinary University Affiliated Program Conference on Piagetian Theory and Its Implications for the Helping Professions (7th, Los Angeles, California, January 1977)