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Koncept smrti u dětí: komponenty a determinanty

Title in English Children’s Death Concept: Components and Determinants


Year of publication 2011
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Československá psychologie
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords concept of death; fear of death; child development
Description Understanding of children’s death concept increases its significance in a situation of serious illness of a child or in facing a loss of a close person. Our study describes the development of child’s understanding of death from four different historical perspectives - psychoanalytic, cognitive, existential, naive-biological perspective. It points out primary components of the death-concept and variables that can modify its individual development such as age, cognitive development, personal experience of a child, religiousness of a family, anxiety of a child and parents and the communication about the topic in a family. The study summarizes risk arising from different understanding of death by children and adults, indicates decreasing age of construing matured death concept by children, discuses discrepancies of provided studies and suggests further research directions.
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