ERIC Number: ED145945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Children's Concepts of Health and Illness.
Bibace, Roger; Walsh, Mary E.
This study examines the development of children's concepts of illness in light of Piagetian findings regarding the ontogenesis of causal relations. The Concept of Illness protocol was administered to 72 3-, 7-, and 11-year-old children; 24 from each age group. Children were interviewed individually in a school setting. Raters assigned subjects' responses to one of three categories: pre-logical, concrete-logical, and formal-logical. Within each of these major categories, two sub-types of explanations were distinguished. Thus, in addition to a category of imcomprehension, six types of explanations of health and illness were developmentally ordered with chronological age utilized as a gross index of developmental status. Each type of explanation is described. Types include: Phenomenistic, Contagion, Contamination, Internalization, Physiological, and Psycho Physiological. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (85th, San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)