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Family Support and a Child’s Adjustment to Death

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Fournier, D. G. & Weber, J. A. (1985)
Family Support and a Child’s Adjustment to Death
Family Relations, 34, 1, 43-49.

Family Support and a Child’s Adjustment to Death asks if a family’s influence in a child’s understanding of death will show the child’s participation through a death. Two major methods were used to collect the data of this article. One being a parent questionnaire that documented family demographic information and the other method was a complex child interview schedule. Families that had less understanding about death, and less likely to allow their children to participate in death related activities were highly cohesive families. Results show that children who partake in the family’s death-related experiences had a huge understanding of death. Future research directions should test all children of the same age or a specific mutual death between the children.

2. The role of family as educator and source of support for children during death related experiences is addressed.
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4. Families with high, medium, and low scores family cohesion will differ in the way decisions are made regarding a child's level of participation in death-related activities. Families with high, medium, and low scores on family adaptability will differ in the way decisions are made regarding a child's level of participation in death-related activities. Children who more actively participate in family and cultural rituals surrounding death will have a higher conceptual
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