Death Understanding and Fear of Death in Young Children

  title={Death Understanding and Fear of Death in Young Children},
  author={Virginia Slaughter and Maya Griffiths},
  journal={Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry},
  pages={525 - 535}
The purpose of this study was to test whether the developmental acquisition of a mature concept of death, that is, understanding death as a biological event, affects young children's fear of death. Ninety children between the ages of 4 and 8 participated in an interview study in which their understanding of death and their fear of death were both assessed. Levels of general anxiety were also measured via parent report. A regression analysis indicated that more mature death understanding was… 

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