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Children’s Conceptions of Illness and Death

  • Gareth B. Matthews
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 33)

Abstract

In her recent book, Conceptual Change in Childhood [2], Susan Carey reports that “there is a robust clinical literature on the child’s understanding of death” ([2], p. 60). She says that in reviewing the literature published in English during the last 80 years, “A remarkably consistent picture emerges from this research. All authors agree on three periods in the child’s emerging understanding of death” ([2], p. 60).

Keywords

Conceptual Change Leukemic Child Terminal Illness Mature Concept Dead Person 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gareth B. Matthews
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts at AmherstAmherst

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