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Hindu and Christian children's concepts of life, death, and afterward

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dc.contributor.advisor Narasimham, Gayathri
dc.contributor.advisor Rieser, John J.
dc.contributor.author Bryce, Suzanne Nellie.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-26T16:51:47Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-26T16:51:47Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/826
dc.description Honors thesis completed under the direction of Profs. Gayathri Narasimham and John Rieser en
dc.description.abstract Children's understanding of death is likely to mediate how effectively they cope with the experience of the death of loved ones, or in the case of severely ill children, their own impending deaths. In order to develop the most appropriate forms of death education and counseling, developmental differences between children in the formation of a coherent concept of death must be understood. Research to date has mainly been focused on theoretical concepts instead of empirical research and indicates that mature concepts of death typically include four components: irreversibility, nonfunctionality, inevitability, and causality. This study found systematic differences in beliefs about death and afterlife both between ages and religious groups. However, much variation existed within each group. Overall, it appears that Hindus generally have more uniform beliefs than Christians. Also, Hindu beliefs are less varied among adults than among the two groups of children, while Christian beliefs actually seem to be more diverse among adults than children, perhaps because of the way adults interpret questions about spirituality. en
dc.format.extent 379617 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University
dc.subject Children's concepts en
dc.subject Life en
dc.subject Death en
dc.subject Afterlife en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Hindu en
dc.subject Christian en
dc.subject Spirituality en
dc.subject Children and death -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject Children and death -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism en
dc.subject Death -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject Death -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism en
dc.subject.lcsh Developmental psychology
dc.title Hindu and Christian children's concepts of life, death, and afterward en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.college Peabody College of Education & Human Development
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences


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