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Journal Article

The Concept of Death in Early Childhood

Perry Childers and Mary Wimmer
Child Development
Vol. 42, No. 4 (Oct., 1971), pp. 1299-1301
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1127816
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1127816
Page Count: 3

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Topics: Children, Age groups, Universality, Death, Child psychiatry, Childhood, Child psychology
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The Concept of Death in Early Childhood
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Abstract

A study of the awareness of the universality and irrevocability of death held by children aged 4 through 10 years was conducted. Results showed a wide distribution across the age groups in terms of the universality of death. Evidence indicates that the awareness of death as universal is a function of age; the understanding of death as irrevocable was not demonstrated systematically through age 10.

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