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Life and death

Michael Siegal

in Marvelous Minds

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582884
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582884.003.0005
Life and death

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Life and death are matters that concern children at a very young age. The death of a loved one or a pet can be very disturbing. At some point, children inevitably need to confront the issue of the prerequisites for life and the causes of death. This chapter addresses the question of the extent to which young children in different countries such as America, Ecuador, and Germany understand the creation of life and the permanence of death. It examines whether they understand the finality of death in a material sense as the cessation of biological functioning and whether they understand that things that are no longer alive stop eating, sleeping, and breathing.

Keywords: America; Ecuador; Germany; life; death; biological functioning

Chapter.  6468 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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