ERIC Number: EJ821627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
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Death Sentences: A Content Analysis of Children's Death Literature
Poling, Devereaux A.; Hupp, Julie M.
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v169 n2 p165-176 Jun 2008
A multidimensional concept of death must include biological, sociocultural, and emotional components. Children glean information about death in many ways, one of which is through books. In this study, the authors compared the 3 dimensions of death-related information (irreversibility, inevitability, nonfunctionality) in 24 young children's picture books and 16 older children's storybooks. In these death-themed children's books, the primary focus was on emotional aspects of death and grieving. Biological facts were more likely to appear in picture books than in storybooks. The authors offer speculation on the impact of children's books for use with bereaved children.
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