Children's conceptions of the causes of illness: understanding of contagion and use of immanent justice.

@article{Kister1980ChildrensCO,
  title={Children's conceptions of the causes of illness: understanding of contagion and use of immanent justice.},
  author={Mary C. Kister and Christopher J S Patterson},
  journal={Child development},
  year={1980},
  volume={51 3},
  pages={
          839-46
        }
}
15 healthy children at each of 4 grade levels (preschool, kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade) were interviewed to assess their understanding of contagion and their use of immanent justice explanations for illness and accident. Compared to older children, younger ones were more likely to overextend the concept of contagion to inappropriate ailments (i.e., to noncontagious illness and to accident), and were less likely to understand the effect of distance between people on the… CONTINUE READING

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