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Abstract This paper is a literature review of the main research into the factors which influence childrens conceptions of death The developmental models of childrens concepts of death as proposed by Maria H Nagy and Sylvia Anthony are examined first These researchers show that children go through developmental stages in their understanding of death which is related to their age Jean Piagets model of cognitive development is used to assess the validity of Nagy and Anthonys claims as this is a widely accepted index for issues of the cognitive development of children Piagets model appears to support the findings of Nagy and Anthony These classic works are followed by the contemporary research of Barbara Kane as she examines how Nagy and Anthonys research is viewed today She is able to support their developmental models however she disagrees with Nagys findings of children tending to personify death Gerald P Koochers research is examined next as he attempts to quantify the factors influencing childrens concepts of death He finds strong empirical evidence which links Piagets developmental framework to the development of the childrens conceptualizations of death He also notes that culture is an important factor which influences the conceptualization The research of Tallmer et al is also discussed as it finds evidence that children of different socio-economic backgrounds will have different concepts of death Finally the research of Tamm and Granqvist is discussed as they show that there are gender differences in the conceptualization of death Factors Influencing Childrens Conceptualizations of Death This paper is a literature review of the main research into the factors which influence childrens conceptions of death The developmental models of childrens concepts of death as proposed by Maria H Nagy and Sylvia Anthony are examined first Jean Piagets model of cognitive development is then
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