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Caregivers’ estimations of their children’s perceptions of death as a biological concept

Journal title
Death studies
Publication year
2013
Author(s)
Gaab, E. M.; Owens, G. R.; MacLeod, R. D.
Pages
693-703
Volume
37
Number
8

Communication about death is often a sensitive topic in families with children. The present studied compared answers of 141 school children aged 5-7 to questions about death, and their caregivers’ predictions. Children were interviewed, and caregivers answered on paper, questions on inevitability, applicability, irreversibility, cessation, causation, and personal mortality. For causation, cessation, and irreversibility, children were significantly more correct than caregivers expected, and girls were more correct on applicability. Communicating with children about death may not always be as caregivers expect.

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