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ERIC Number: ED173786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Children's Perceptions of Death: A Look at the Appropriateness of Selected Picture Books.
Delisle, Robert G.; McNamee, Abigail S. Woods
Since it is unavoidable that children will experience the death of people and animals through media, literature, and real-life situations, they will need adult help when trying to understand what death is and how it affects them. Researchers generally agree that a child's perception of death is developmental, closely associated to either age or levels of cognitive functioning. An examination of six children's picture books shows that the suggested age levels for these books does not always correspond to the appropriate level of perception the child has reached in dealing with the concept of death. To be useful to a child attempting to understand death, the adult must consider how the child tends to perceive death at different developmental levels, which picture books present a concept of death that approximates the child's current level of perception, and how to prepare children for subsequent levels of perception. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Study prepared at Herbert H. Lehman College; For related documents, see CS 204 919-921