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ERIC Number: EJ950350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
A Storybook Method for Exploring Young Children's Views of Illness Causality in Relation to the Familial Context
McIntosh, Caroline; Stephens, Christine
Early Child Development and Care, v182 n1 p23-33 2012
In this paper we describe a method for exploring young children's views of illness causality in social context. Studies of children's conceptualisation of illness have predominantly focused on the nature of children's knowledge rather than locating that knowledge within socio-cultural contexts. Adopting a socio-constructivist perspective we sought to identify the ways in which young children's illness causality concepts are embedded in the socio-cultural context of the family. Interviews were undertaken with four-year-old children, their parents/guardians, sibling/s aged five to nine years and two other family members. To aid the elicitation of young children's narrative accounts of illness causality, children were invited to construct a storybook about "getting sick" utilising art materials and photographs of children experiencing illness. In this paper we describe this method, discuss its utility in eliciting illness narratives from pre-school children and provide suggestions for the use of this method in future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand